The Churchill Archives Centre

The Churchill Archives Centre is a world-leading collection of 20th Century history.

It is based within the Churchill College campus, and is open for up to 8 researchers a day, from 0900 to 1700 weekdays. To book a time to use the Archives, please visit their website.

The Archives Centre began by collecting the papers of Winston Churchill and other contemporaries and has grown to become an important resource for the study of modern history from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Its collections encompass the personal papers of individuals who made and remade British domestic politics and international relations, advanced scientific knowledge, and who observed or transformed society, economics and culture. These materials record key events and trends in the history of Britain and beyond.


The Churchill Archives Centre  opened in 1973, and has grown extensively since. It holds over 600 archive collections, with particular strengths in:

  • Sir Winston Churchill and his family
  • Political life and government policy, 1900 to the present
  • Military strategy and foreign policy, 1900 to the present
  • Science and technology, 1900 to the present
  • Journalism, media, social comment and observation, 1900 to the present
  • The history of Churchill College

The College’s archives are administered separately from the Churchill Archives Centre.

The Churchill Archive Centres has been awarded Accreditation by The National Archives and the Churchill Papers have been entered on the UNESCO International Register of the Memory of the World. It is a great asset to many of students in their work.

Photograph of the Archives Centre reading room