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.

View the collections

Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

‘Art in the Archives: Creativity in the Churchill Era’

Highlights from the latest display in the Archives Centre.

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Which building do you think this is? An image of @ChurchillCol during construction c.1962! 🏗️ #TBT Ref: CCPH 10/15… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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#OTD in 1965 the first accession, five boxes of the papers of Clement Attlee, is received by the Archives Centre! #archiveanniversary
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Churchill College Spring Ball

Have a look at our favourite Churchill College May Ball and Spring Ball posters from the last 50 years.

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"We must not lose patience, and we must not lose hope."- WSC #WinstonWisdom #wednesdaywisdom #QOTD
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RT @ChurchillCol: It's just lovely here in our grounds today! #Cambridge #spring
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RT @AllenPackwood: @theESU looking forward to ESU Churchill public speaking competition today @ChurchillCol @ChuArchives
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This week's #hiddengem is a recipe for drinking chocolate from 1750! It is one of the oldest documents in our colle… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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“ .. the most important and vital matter of the ‘Wolfenden’ Report”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.

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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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La La Land

Sarah Churchill in Hollywood.

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