Mission statement

Preserving a Heritage of Greatness

The Churchill Archives Centre is one of the premier repositories in the United Kingdom for modern personal papers. Part of Churchill College, Cambridge, itself the National and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston, the Centre exists to preserve and make available the raw material of our recent past. It is already one of the most important sources for the understanding of the twentieth century. The Centre maintains the archives of British politicians and public figures who helped decisively to shape that century and ensure the success of a free society. It also holds important papers documenting scientific advance over the same period.

The Centre is expanding and continues to seek to ensure the future of important private collections of the Churchill era and beyond. The aim is to develop the Centre as a vital record of recent history.

The Centre seeks to preserve archival material (written documents and related records in other formats) in secure storage, and to conserve, catalogue and present the material in accordance with best professional practice. The Archives Centre is one of the few repositories in the university sector to have been awarded national Designation by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Accreditation by the National Archives.
The Centre seeks to make archival material freely available to researchers at all levels, from school children to university professors. Access is provided in the purpose-built reading rooms and research is further supported by a range of reader services and through an active outreach programme. The Centre is also keen to capitalise on new technology and new methods of delivery.

The Centre is keen to move "forward" (the College motto) in the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill, to build upon the foundations that have been established, and to combine high quality preservation with maximum access.

— Allen Packwood, Director