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

General contact details for the Archives Centre as well as 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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Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

Churchill Archives Centre plays a role in the Oscar nominated film Darkest Hour

The Churchill Archives Centre has once again been a valuable resource for the creative industries — most recently for the blockbuster Hollywood hit Darkest Hour

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Cherish Watton wins Royal Historical Society prize

Congratulations to Churchill postgraduate student Cherish Watton (G17) who has been awarded the Royal Historical Society Undergraduate Public History Prize for her work on the Democratic and Critical Commemoration of ...

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The Cambridge women campaigning for gender equality in science

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy”. It’s unlikely, as she wrote these words, that Dr Marie Sklodowska-Curie ever imagined the ongoing pathways ...

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All are very welcome to Doug Bateman's talk 'Farnborough's involvement in the development of nuclear weapons', TONI… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Behrens's volume in the official History of the Second World War is available to borrow from the open shelves in th… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Roskill Lecture 2018: Margaret MacMillan reflects on the Great War Today

Professor Margaret MacMillan: "Reflecting on the Great War Today"

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‘Reflecting on the Great War Today’

Display from this year's Roskill Lecture

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Email @chu.cam.ac.uk">archives @chu.cam.ac.uk for a PDF copy of the catalogue of Betty Behrens's papers! 📜🗃🗂🔍 janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id…
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The wonderful world of the record retention schedule .. or how to avoid drowning in paper

This term the College Library team have been turning our attention to preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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As co-founder of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, Margaret Gowing's efforts helped preserve many of… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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There is correspondence between Margaret Gowing, author of 'Britain and Atomic Energy, 1939-1945', and James Chadwi… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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'It is no part of my case that I am always right.' Sir Winston Churchill, 21 May 1952 #WednesdayWisdom #WinstonWisdom
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