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Celebrating 50 years of preservation and access

This year we’re celebrating 50 years since the opening of Churchill Archives Centre.

Purpose-built to house the papers of Winston Churchill and his contemporaries, we now hold the personal papers of over 570 leading political, scientific, military, and literary figures. For decades, their collections have been consulted by researchers all over the world, to broaden and enrich our understanding of the history of modern Britain today.

Throughout the year, we’ll be inviting our researchers, archivists, conservators, volunteers, and depositors to share their stories from the archives, below, so check back on this page to learn more about our history and impact.

On 25 and 26 September, we’ll be hosting our two-day 50th Anniversary conference, where we’ll reflect on our past, showcase cutting-edge research, and consider what the next 50 years hold in store for us. We hope you can join us in celebrating our anniversary as we bring together leading lights in the academic and archives worlds. Sign-up to attend in-person or virtually on our Eventbrite page. 

Would you like to share your experiences or memories of Churchill Archives Centre? If so, let us know.

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