Mr Allen Packwood
Director of the Churchill Archives Centre,
Churchill Archives Centre
Allen Packwood BA, MPhil (Cantab), FRHistS, OBE, is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre. He is a qualified archivist and has worked at the Centre since September 1995, succeeding Dr Piers Brendon as Acting Keeper in 2001, before being appointed Director in 2002. Allen was co-curator of ‘Churchill and the Great Republic’, a Library of Congress exhibition, which ran from February–July 2004, and of ‘Churchill: The Power of Words’, a display at the Morgan Library in New York from June till September 2012.
Allen has also organised many events and lectures, including the successful conference on ‘The Cold War and its Legacy’, staged over two days at Churchill College in November 2009, and attended by senior representatives from China, Germany, Roumania, the Russian Federation and the United States.
He is the author of several articles, co-wrote the publication accompanying the Library of Congress display, edited the recent guide to the Churchill Archives Centre, and has lectured extensively on Churchill in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Allen’s job has taken him to Bermuda, Cuba, Singapore Hong Kong and in 2011 he accompanied Celia Sandys and Lady Soames on a ‘Chasing Churchill’ Mediterranean Cruise.
The Churchill Archives Centre is located in the grounds of Churchill College, and is home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Thatcher and almost six hundred of their contemporaries: politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military leaders and scientists of the Churchill era and beyond. It is still collecting.