Reproduced from the Broadwater Collection with the permission of Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London on behalf of the Broadwater Collection. Original held at the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

About the Churchill Archive for Schools

Key features:

  • In-depth source analysis, with detailed help and commentary provided by experienced history educators
  • Clear guidance, tips and approaches to help you to get students to care about history
  • Encourages students to engage with documents, and to see history as personal and accessible
  • Equips students with the essential skill-set for the practice of history, including problem solving and lateral thinking
  • Suitable for use with classes, groups of students or individuals, with a range of investigations for different needs and audiences

Relevance to the curriculum

The Churchill Archive for Schools offers an expanding range of specially developed materials to support the teaching and learning of History at secondary level.

It covers a wide range of topics central to modern British, empire and world history. These topics are central to:

  • UK history courses including the National Curricula for History at Key Stage 3, all GCSE and A Level history courses and Scottish Highers.
  • United States AP English and World History.

It also contains teaching materials that help develop historical enquiry skills.

Free access to the complete Churchill Archive

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides teachers and students with an accessible and exciting entry point into the complete Churchill Archive, an extraordinary collection of source material for British and world history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Normally available by annual subscription, the complete Churchill Archive is now available free of charge to schools worldwide until 31 December 2020 exclusively through JCS Online Resources.

Offering access to a vast range of original documents, the complete Churchill Archive is a goldmine for teachers and students alike. Highlights include:

  • Personal correspondence with his family and friends
  • Official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians and military leaders
  • Letters from constituents during his long years as an MP
  • Photographs and newspaper reports
  • Speeches in various drafts

In addition to providing a unique insight into the life and times of a key figure of modern history, the complete Churchill Archive introduces students to the wonders of working with archive sources, and provides excellent support for independent learning.

“All children should understand Sir Winston Churchill’s fundamental place in our nation’s history and schools can now seize the opportunity to access the Churchill Archives – a tremendous cache of documents that bring history to life.” The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

“The Churchill Archive, housed at Churchill College, Cambridge, is one of the great historical collections of the twentieth century. The Churchill Archive for Schools scheme makes it more easily accessible to a bigger, broader and younger audience and this is a hugely exciting and promising development, very appropriately launched in the year which marks the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's death.” Professor Sir David Cannadine FBA, Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University



Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh is an experienced history teacher, a senior examiner with a major examination board and the author of several history textbooks, including Modern World History and The Struggle for Peace in Northern Ireland. He is also an expert in the use of digital technology in history teaching and has written extensively for electronic publishers including the British Library and the National Archives Learning Curve website for which he was the key developer. He is a consultant in history education, on in-service training on history and ICT and effective learning in history.


Natalie Adams
The Churchill Archive for Schools authors have benefitted enormously from the help and advice of the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge and, in particular, the support and detailed comments of Natalie Adams, Senior Archivist: Natalie Adams is a Senior Archivist at the Churchill Archives Centre. Her first degree was in Classics (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and she worked at the British Architectural Library and London Metropolitan Archives before obtaining an MA in Archives Administration from University College London. Natalie has worked at the Churchill Archives Centre since 1996 and has developed expertise in online archival description and catalogues. Significant projects include: the catalogue of the archive of Sir Winston Churchill; the Janus webserver (a portal providing access to catalogues of archives held in Cambridge) and Cantab (archive cataloguing software developed using MS Access).
Bill Melega

Bill Melega is an award-winning instructor teaching World History at Chapel Hill High School, North Carolina, US. His recent book, Bringing the Great War Home, Volume IV, is an interactive ebook focusing on US soldiers who fought in the First World War in Meuse-Argonne, France. Created in cooperation with the American Battlefields Monument Commission, it is available free on ITunes. Bill is the author of the newest edition of the SAT-World History Review for Barron’s Educational Books. In 2010, he was honoured as the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Teacher of the Year.

Andrew Payne
Andrew Payne is Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, UK (the official government archive), where he leads the team responsible for mediating one of the greatest collections in the world for history teachers and students to use in the classroom, covering history from the global to the personal perspectives. He is a former Head of History, Digital Developer and Trainer in teaching technologies.
Alf Wilkinson

Alf Wilkinson is a former Head of History and ICT co-ordinator in a large UK school and has taught history for many years. Since 1999 he has worked for the Historical Association, UK, as their Education Manager, and as a freelance history education consultant, teacher and a prolific educational author. He is on the editorial team for Primary History and The Historian.

Andrew Wrenn

Andrew Wrenn is a freelance consultant and writer in history education and a former Humanities Advisor for an English local authority. He is a Fellow of the Historical Association (based in London, UK) and has written extensively for publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Pearson, HarperCollins and Routledge, with texts on The First World War, Presenting the Past, History and Citizenship and Twentieth Century (Collins Key Stage 3 History). He has also written for the Historical Association, the BBC and the Times Educational Supplement.