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Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Telephone: (01223) 336087

Contact the Archives Centre


The Churcill Archives Centre is located on the campus of Churchill College, Cambridge.

How to find us


Readers intending to use the Archives Centre should make contact in advance, giving details of their research subject and listing the collections they will wish to consult.

The Archives Centre has disabled access, with a lift to the reading room.  Wheelchair users are asked to discuss their needs with us in advance of their visit.  A wireless broadband network is available in the reading room, enabling readers with wireless enabled laptops to access the Internet from their desks.

Freedom of Information policy

New readers

New readers will need to complete the Reader Application Form and should also provide two forms of identification, one with a photograph, and one showing the same address as will be given on their Reader Application Form (such as a passport, driving licence or amenity bill).

Reader application form


As the Archives Centre can become full at busy times, readers should specify on which dates they intend to visit the Archives Centre. Any readers who are unable to keep appointments are asked to notify the Archives Centre as soon as possible.

Rules in the Search Room

  1. In order to avoid accidents to the archives, readers are asked to use only a lead pencil to take notes, never a pen or ball point. Pencils may be purchased at the issue desk at a current charge of 35 pence.
  2. Readers should use yellow paper only. A4 pads may be purchased at the issue desk at a current price of £1.50.
  3. Readers are responsible for the documents issued to them and must not remove them from the search room. At the end of the day they are required to return the documents they have been using to the Archives staff. Readers will be issued with one file at a time. When demand is high (i.e. lunchtime) fewer documents may be produced for each reader.
  4. Papers must be handled with great care, kept in their correct order and each file returned in a tidy condition. Staff will advise on correct handling.
  5. Laptop computers may be used but the College accepts no liability and reserves the right to inspect computers prior to granting permission for their use.


  1. Belongings should be left in the lockers provided outside the search rooms (a £1.00 coin is required - this is returned). Readers are requested only to bring essential items into the search rooms and are asked not to bring large items of luggage to the Archives Centre - these cannot be brought into the search rooms.
  2. Hand-held photocopiers and scanners are not permitted. Digital and conventional cameras are permitted by prior arrangement only and are subject to certain restrictions. No flash photography is allowed.
  3. No smoking, drinking or eating is permitted in the Archives Centre.
  4. The Search Rooms are constantly monitored by security cameras.
  5. Readers may be asked to show the contents of their file/bags on leaving the Archives Centre.


For a small daily charge readers may use their own conventional or digital camera to make their own copies, subject to advance booking and advice of the Archives Centre staff. Please note that the Churchill Papers collection has been digitised and that the fragile originals are no longer issued. No flash photography is permitted, and restrictions may apply. Tripods and any equipment other than the camera are not permitted. Copyright declarations must be completed.

Please read our information sheet about copying original material:

Information on copying original material

Photocopying service

There is a photocopying service subject to restrictions. Please fill out the order form below.

Reprographics order form

All photocopies are supplied for the purposes of private study (under the conditions defined in the 1988 Copyright Act) and must not be sold, circulated or recopied. Readers purchasing copies are required to sign an undertaking to this effect. A handling charge may be attached to some orders, please ask about this.

There is no guarantee that the copying will be carried out before you leave the Archives Centre, in which case they will be sent electronically or posted to you.


We can also provide high resolutions/publication quality scans of images/documents as 24 bit Tiffs at up to 400 dpi for A3 documents and up to 600 dpi for A4 documents. For unusual items, including larger than A3 and fragile bound volumes, it will be necessary for the images/documents to be reproduced by an external supplier. As a result the charges may be higher and orders may take several weeks. As above, copyright restrictions apply.

Price list


Archives Centre Price List


The Archives Centre does not charge for admission or for advice on its holdings. While the Archives Centre does not offer a research service as such, it does reserve the right to charge for any research that it agrees to undertake. Current rates are available on request. Personal data supplied in the course of an enquiry will be kept within Churchill College and may be used for administrative purposes within the terms of the Data Protection Act (1988).

Finding Aids

Detailed catalogues to the majority of our collections are available online from the Full Guide to the archives, while other guides are also available in the collections area of our website. Printed versions of our catalogues are also available at the Archives Centre and further copies are deposited for consultation at the National Register of Archives.


Churchill College is situated some way from the centre of Cambridge. Meals may be purchased in the Dining Hall and a range of hot drinks and snacks is available in the Buttery.

The Buttery

The Dining Hall


Visitors to the Archives Centre may be able to stay in College though generally this facility is only available outside term time. Archives visitors will be asked to pay at the Porters' Lodge upon arrival.

Find out more about College accommodation

College room rates and details of local hotels and guest houses

Churchill College is also home to the award-winning Møller Centre, a conference centre which offers excellent accommodation facilities.

Møller Centre website

Further details of local accommodation can be obtained from:

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