Where the modern history of Britain is open to all


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


Discover a wide range of documents by more than 570 political, military & scientific luminary figures from the Churchill era and beyond. Find out more

50th Anniversary of the Archives Centre

Celebrating 50 years of preservation and access. Find out more

Visit us

A practical guide to visiting and using the Archives Centre, including opening hours, services, access guidelines and rules. Find out more

Copies and research

A guide to our remote services, including research and publication copies of our collections, and remote research. Find out more

Online Resources

Some of our collections, exhibitions and filmed past events are now online. Find out more

Upcoming Events

Details of our upcoming public programme of events, how to arrange group visits. Find out more


Stay up to date with the latest news from the Archives Centre and explore our collections through our blog posts. Find out more


Our collections are a valuable resource for students at all levels. We are happy to receive school groups as well as individual students and teachers. Find out more

About us

The Centre exists to preserve and make available the raw material of our recent past. Find out more

Get involved

The Churchill Archives Centre relies on the support and generosity of trusts and individuals. Find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions on our collections, and Archives Centre operations. Find out more

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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. Our 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 Centre continues to collect.

The Archives Centre 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.

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