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.

About the Archives Centre FAQs

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

“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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Our collections

With a fascinating array of documents by almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures, our collections are a rich insight into the Churchill era and after.

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Our collections

With a fascinating array of documents by almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures, our collections are a rich insight into the Churchill era and after.

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Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

Women in Science at the Archives Centre

A new exhibit delves into the collections of scientific women at the Archives Centre to mark International Women’s Day (8 March)

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How do you thank the archives team? Write it on a cake!🍰 @ArchiveCake #worldbakingday #archivescake
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A School Trip to the Archives Centre!

Visit from Oakwood Park Grammar School.

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Archives By-Fellow 2016–17

Report by our most recent Archives By-Fellow, Dr Stephen Kelly.

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#tbt to 1994 @ChurchillCol Spring Ball, 'Orient Express'. Here are 'D for Dougal' rockin' out! 🎷 Ref: CCPH 6/1/2, c… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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Another triumph of conservation work!

After two years of painstaking repair work, damaged Amery files can finally be seen.

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For #sherlockholmesday why not make an #elementary decision and read 'The Boer Conspiracy' which we happen to have… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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Hot off the press! Check out our latest blog post on the #GeneralElection chu.cam.ac.uk/news/2017/may/…
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La La Land

Sarah Churchill in Hollywood.

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"I am a man of simple tastes—I am quite easily satisfied with the best of everything."- WSC #WinstonWisdom #wednesdaywisdom #QOTD
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Two more exciting job opportunities! We are looking for two archivists to join our team: chu.cam.ac.uk/about/working-…twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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Britain decides: Elections at the Churchill Archives Centre

If you haven't had enough of the election already...

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