Churchill Archives Centre: Education and schools policy

Purpose and Scope

To establish a consistent set of principles to underpin the provision of services to university, school and other educational groups, and to establish the requirements and standards for such services.

This document should be read in conjunction with the Churchill Archives Centre's Access Policy and Service Delivery Charter.


The Churchill Archives Centre exists both to preserve the personal papers of prominent individuals in modern British political, public or scientific life, and to make those papers available in support of education, scholarship and research.

The Centre is part of Churchill College, Cambridge, which is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, and is therefore committed to supporting College and University teaching and research.

The Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust, which holds the Churchill Papers for the British Nation, has entered into an agreement with Bloomsbury Publishing for the commercial publication of the Churchill Papers collection, for which the primary market is considered to be other universities and research institutes. Bloomsbury has also received funding to produce a free Churchill Archive For Schools website. The Centre has a particular commitment to supporting the ongoing development of these specific educational resources.

The Centre does not have a dedicated Education Officer. This means that educational outreach and schools access has to be undertaken by archive staff on top of core conservation and cataloguing activities, and is constrained by other projects and the need to maintain a public service (as specified in the Access Policy and Service Delivery Charter).


For the purposes of this policy, the Archives Centre defines its normal range of educational activities as follows:


The Archives Centre is not normally able to accommodate more than two educational visits or major activities per month. The responsibility for approving or rejecting a visit or activity lies with the Director.

The Archives Centre will not charge a fee for normal educational activities, as defined by this policy. This does not preclude the Centre from seeking sponsorship or accepting donations for such activities, or from seeking reimbursement of costs incurred in supplying copies or providing services, or of travel expenses when Archives Centre staff members travel off site. The Archives Centre will not prioritise educational visits on the basis of the availability of funding.

Given its limited resources, the Archives Centre will prioritise requests for visits by educational groups over requests for visits by other groups.

The Archives Centre will give priority for on site visits to those educational groups that will benefit most directly from contact with the original materials. This is likely to mean:

When the Archives Centre is unable to offer a site visit to the Archives Centre, it will consider whether it is appropriate to offer any of the following:


Reviewed by: Natalie Adams

Date: 20 September 2018

Approved by Senior Management Team for October 2018 Archives Committee meeting

Date of next review: Oct 2019