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.

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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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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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Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

Free this evening at 5.30pm? Why not head over to @ChurchillCol for a lecture by @GaryLoveHistory: chu.cam.ac.uk/events/churchi…
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RT @GaryLoveHistory: Enjoyed speaking about my research @ChuArchives @ChurchillCol tonight, hosted by @AllenPackwood. Nice audience and I g…
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First recipient of new arts and humanities studentship reflects on his year at Churchill

Last year Churchill College' set up a new fully-funded MPhil studentship in the arts and humanities linked to the Churchill Archives Centre. The first holder of this studentship, Robert Littleton ...

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All ready ahead of a visit from @CamModBrit who will be playing the role of detectives today! The question is can t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Florence Horsbrugh’s First World War National Kitchen’s Scrapbook

Florence Horsbrugh's scrapbook: from our guest contributor Churchill MPhil historian Cherish Watton.

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RT @ChuArchives: @CamModBrit in full swing for their Research Challenge! Which team will be the first to work out the collection... #archiv
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Happy birthday, British Diplomatic Oral History Programme!

The BDOHP celebrates the big 20 with a workshop at Churchill Archives Centre.

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Revealing the personal side of the atomic scientist who changed the world

Sir John Cockcroft was one of the most important and influential scientists of the modern era. He was the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1951) for his ...

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RT @ChartwellNT: Our new exhibition – Clementine Churchill #SpeakingForHerself – is now open! Join us daily, 11am-3pm, until 18 Feb to find…
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Cataloguing Update: The Mark Abrams Papers

Work on the papers of the social scientist Mark Abrams.

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Margaret Thatcher's 1987 papers released

Lady Thatcher’s personal and political papers for 1987 were opened on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at Churchill Archives Centre. Around 50,000 pages have been released. 

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@CamModBrit in full swing for their Research Challenge! Which team will be the first to work out the collection...… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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