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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 and 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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Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

RT @explorearchives: What's the ONE THING you won't fail to pack when travelling to see archives and records? Share what's in your travel…
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@explorearchives ... oh, and pencils, of course! ✏️✏️✏️
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D-Day 75: Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

The latest exhibition in the Wolfson Foyer.

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@explorearchives In case our readers forget to pack a few warm layers for their visit to our reading room, which ca… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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The Papers of Sir Robert Edwards

The opening of the archive of Professor Sir Robert Edwards, IVF pioneer

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RT @CamUniLibrarian: @sciencemuseum Fantastic tweet to celebrate Bell Burnell’s discovery and life-time contribution to science! On loan fr…
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A 50th anniversary for Churchillian-led student representation case

This year is the the 50th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1969, in which Churchill College played a key part

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#OTD The Spanish Civil War begins when Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising. Below, are pho… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Canon Duckworth's timepiece restored in the Archives Centre

Angus Mackay (G70) and Dan Moore (G67), former members of Churchill College Boat Club, have donated the recently discovered Canon Duckworth rowing timer to the Churchill College Archives Centre.

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The Papers of Sir Robert Edwards (2)

More on the papers of Professor Sir Robert Edwards

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RT @AllenPackwood: We loan these out free of charge to those who come in dressed for the sunshine. Think of @ChuArchives like Narnia, a fro…
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Dr Eve Colpus

Report on the research of one of our latest Archives by-fellows.

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