Our Coronavirus Guidance

So that we can ensure that all Members of the Churchill College community stay healthy and safe, things will look a little different when you next come to College. But you can find everything you need to know on our new Coronavirus Guidance page  From the latest research from the University to what you should do if you have symptoms, and from the provision of College services to minimising the risk of transmission, you'll find all the answers to your questions here.

Re-opening the Churchill Archives Centre

The Churchill Archives Centre has now re-opened to provide a limited reading room service. For more details, see our Visit Us page.  Please note that, for the protection of all our community, face coverings are still mandatory within the Archives Centre unless exempt.

We will continue to offer a limited but free copying and enquiry service and welcome enquiries sent to archives@chu.cam.ac.uk. We hope all our researchers stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Visit us

Visiting the Archives Centre

The Churchill Archives Centre has now re-opened to researchers to offer a limited reading room service.

We will continue to offer a limited but free copying and enquiry service and welcome enquiries sent to archives@chu.cam.ac.uk.

Summary of what we are offering researchers

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Our Covid Charter and FAQs relating to your visit

Visitors will be required to follow the Centre’s normal regulations and agree to the procedures outlined in this Covid Charter and any necessary changes in day-to-day procedures required.

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What do I need to know before visiting? 

Some of our procedures have changed in response to the ongoing public health situation and will probably continue to evolve in line with Government advice. Our staff have produced an online video presentation showing some of the key changes to the reader experience.

But if you need assistance with any aspect of your visit, please let us know and we will try to confirm the necessary arrangements and assist where we can.

Accessing the Archives Centre

Face coverings

(We are highly sensitive and supportive to those researchers who are exempt from this expectation. See the University’s Coronavirus Information pages for a helpful list of medical exemptions. Do contact us if you have any concerns or queries.)

Registration of new readers

We will be registering new readers but are changing our procedures to minimise direct contact. We will ask that new researchers read our reading room rules and watch our handling ‘slide show’ at a safely positioned work-station in our main reading room.

Our ‘welcome pack’

We will have a small ‘welcome pack’ ready for you  on arrival, including supplies of yellow paper and a number of pencils.

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What services will be available for visiting researchers?

The services we can offer researchers have been reviewed in detail by our team and will continue to be reviewed to keep staff and visitors safe.

All services may be subject to change or even cancellation at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

A personal research desk, locker and table for refreshments

On arrival each researcher will be able to store their belongings in a locker, and will be directed to a research desk. Tables for refreshments, for use at any time including the lunchtime closure, are available.

Research desk

A desk will be reserved for each researcher and an allocated trolley will be placed near the desk with their pre-ordered documents. Staff can explain procedures for where to place documents once they have been consulted.


Lockers are still available. We will clean the lockers before use each day.

Catering facilities

With effect from Monday 5 July, there is no catering provision for researchers on site. We are making a number of socially distanced tables and chairs available in our Jock Colville Hall for researchers to consume their own food and drinks.


We have two public bathrooms available. Both will be cleaned regularly.


College’s ‘top car park’ at the far end of the site is available [see plan]. Visitors with a ‘blue badge’, or similar needs, may also be able to park in designated spaces. Please confirm requirements in advance.

Helping with on-site research

We can answer enquiries in our reading room but would like to limit direct contact between staff and researchers. We will have staff available to monitor and respond to enquiries you might have during the day. These queries will initially be answered by e-mail (archives@chu.cam.ac.uk).

Access to Library books and printed catalogues

These can be supplied with advance notice on the trolley with the documents you request. We would ask you not to browse the shelves.  


You will be able to use your personal electronic devices to connect to our wifi. (We can supply wifi codes for researchers on demand.)

Taking digital photos

Researchers can continue to take digital photographs for their personal research.

Previous paperwork recording copies made by researchers has been withdrawn. However, copyright regulations are still in force and should be adhered to.

Services not currently available

Our public computer terminals are not available. Resources previously accessed on CD and DVD may be supplied remotely. Please discuss your needs with us.

Microfilm resources are not available. It may be possible to print specific items for researchers.

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Rules in the Reading Room

For the security and preservation of the unique documents within our care, we kindly ask readers to observe the following rules:

  1. No smoking is permitted anywhere in the Archives Centre building.

  2. No drinking or eating (including sweets, gum and throat pastilles) is permitted in the reading room.

  3. Bags, coats and briefcases (including laptop bags and camera cases) must be left in the lockers provided. Readers are asked to only bring essential items into the reading room. Large items of luggage cannot be accommodated.

  4. Pencils only should be used for note-taking (pens are not allowed into the reading room). Pencils will be provided in your welcome pack.

  5. Yellow paper only should be used for note-taking (in order to distinguish the reader’s notes from the archival material). If you are bringing other essential papers into the reading room, they must be kept separate from archival originals. Yellow paper will be provided in your welcome pack.

  6. Papers must be handled with great care and each file returned in a tidy condition. Readers are required to follow handling guidelines issued by the Archives Centre.

  7. Please keep papers in the order that you found them, (even if that does not appear to be the correct order to you).

  8. The use of photocopiers and scanners is not permitted. You may use your own equipment (eg camera, smartphone or tablet) to take photographs of documents subject to certain restrictions (e.g. no flash photography).

  9. When taking photographs your handling of the original papers should not change i.e. you should continue to practise safe handling according to the guidelines you are given and continue to be careful to retain the order of papers in the file.

The Reading Room is constantly monitored by security cameras. Readers may be asked to show the contents of their file/bags on leaving the Archives Centre.

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Archives Centre Price List


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