The Churchill Archives Centre

Safeguarding millions of historic documents, the Churchill Archives Centre preserves history in the raw — a place where the modern history of Britain is open and accessible to all.

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The Churchill Archives Centre

Safeguarding millions of historic documents, the Churchill Archives Centre preserves history in the raw — a place where the modern history of Britain is open and accessible to all.

Explore our Collections Getting started

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The Churchill Archives Centre is a world-leading collection of 20th Century history.

Getting started

Frequently asked questions on visiting the Archives Centre, our collections, and obtaining and using copies from the archives.

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Visit us

A practical guide to visiting and using the Archives Centre, including opening hours, services, access guidelines and rules.

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Our collections

Discover a wide range of documents by more than 570 political, military & scientific luminary figures from the Churchill era and beyond.

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Contact us

Where to find general contact details for the Archives Centre as well as for individual members of staff.                                                                   .

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Events & exhibitions

Details of our upcoming public programme of events, current and past exhibitions as well as our online exhibitions and resources.

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Education

Our collections are a valuable resource for students at all levels. We are happy to receive school groups as well as individual students and teachers.

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News & blog posts

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Archives Centre and explore our collections through our blog posts.

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Image gallery

A range of our collections are available to view on the Churchill Archives Centre Flickr account.

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Get involved

The Churchill Archives Centre relies on the support and generosity of trusts and individuals.

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About the Archives Centre

The Centre exists to preserve and make available the raw material of our recent past.

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“The aim of this venture is to make the College a major centre of historical research into what might be termed the Churchill Era, where scholars will be able to find a great mass of inter-related material gathered together under a single roof.” Sir John Cockcroft, Master of Churchill, 14 July 1967

Purpose-built in 1973 to house Sir Winston Churchill's Papers, the Churchill Archives Centre is now home to the papers of almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures from the Churchill era and after. Contemporaries of Winston Churchill sit alongside major political, military and scientific figures such as: Margaret Thatcher, Ernest Bevin, John Major, Neil Kinnock, Admiral Ramsay, Field Marshal Slim, Frank Whittle and Rosalind Franklin.

Situated within the grounds of Churchill College, itself the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston, the Archives Centre is a valuable academic and cultural research hub. Its collections form one of the country’s most important sources for twentieth-century British history. The Archives Centre's mission is to preserve and make available to the public the unique materials in its care.

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Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

RT @HeidiEgginton: Really looking forward to hearing Amanda Jones, ace writer and wonderful colleague, discuss her new monograph in the Chu…
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#OTD in 1959, Winston Churchill visited the site of the future Churchill College and planted two trees. This is a p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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RT @MeetCambridge: You can still see this tree @ChurchillCol They also have a fabulous permanent exhibition of their founder, right next to…
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Women’s scrapbooks on political and diplomatic activity, 1890-1939

The view from the reading room, by our guest blogger, Cherish Watton.

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RT @ChurchillCol: Fantastic event at the 'Churchill’s Shakespeare' exhibition @FolgerLibrary last night — organised by @cantabusa and @ChuA
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The Papers of John Burns Hynd

John Burns Hynd, the man behind the papers

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Churchill’s Shakespeare

A major exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library explores the influence of Shakespeare on Churchill's writing and ideas

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Archives Centre visitor survey 2018

Churchill Archives Centre is undertaking a survey of visitors in October and November 2018.

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Campaigning for an Independent Britain: The Papers of Nigel Spearing MP

A collection of the passionately Eurosceptic Labour MP’s papers have now been fully catalogued

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Don't miss Amanda Jones introducing her book 'Bringing up War Babies' tomorrow evening at 5.30pm in the Jock Colvil… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Cold War tensions, UFOs, and a whole lot more! What you can expect from the Hill-Norton (HLNN) collection.

One of our newest collections, the papers of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton: from nuclear weapons to UFOs ...

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The 2 trees that Winston Churchill planted #OTD in 1959, photographed today @ChurchillCol (an Oak Tree and a Mulber… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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