Churchill Archive for Schools - About

'It is a brilliant resource and we are lucky to be able to access it.'

- Diana Rawlings, Head of World Affairs, Millbrook Academy, Gloucestershire, UK

'Thank you so much for helping global citizens learn lessons from the past that are applicable today.'

- Will Lenssen, Principal, Canadian Online High School

'It’s easy to use and navigate and the resources…are just awesome. It’s a real gem.'

- Sarah Hunt, Librarian, St Theresa’s School, New Zealand

'I have just been on the website. It is incredible. The members of my department and our students will benefit immensely from it.'

Christine Banda, Arundel School, Harare, Zimbabwe


About the Churchill Archive for Schools

Churchill Archive for Schools provides an extensive range of classroom-ready resources written by leading history teachers to help build students’ skills and confidence in using primary sources. This website is freely available without registration.

Churchill Archive for Schools also provides teachers and students with an accessible and exciting entry point into the complete Churchill Archive, which is available free of charge to secondary schools and sixth form colleges worldwide through registration. You can register for access to the complete archive of 800,000 pages of documents here.

Ben Walsh explains Churchill Archive for Schools

5 reasons to use Churchill Archive in your school

See what you can achieve using the Churchill Archive

Resources included in Churchill Archive for Schools are based around four broad themes:

Key questions in modern British and empire history
Key questions in modern world history
Key questions in twentieth-century Anglo-American relations
Key questions on Churchill: discussion, debate and controversy

Within these overarching themes, ‘investigations’ — in the form of challenges or questions — have been prepared to introduce students to archive sources. The investigations - or document-based questions - are all written by authors who are experienced educators and are designed to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge.

Each contains six to eight documents from the Churchill Archive, together with background information, to help them interpret the sources, and to understand and answer the investigation.

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.

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.

Support for teachers

Teachers’ notes are available for each investigation in the Churchill Archive for Schools. In addition, guidance and advice is available on the following topics:

How to get the most out of resources included in the Churchill Archive for Schools
Using the archive of a 'great man' to learn about ordinary people
Getting students to care about modern world history
Tackling the content challenges posed by modern world history

Churchill Archive for Schools Has a New Home!

The Churchill Archive for Schools website has also migrated to a new platform environment, but retains the same separate domain: The platform continues to provides the same range of freely available, classroom-ready resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to support the teaching of History at secondary level. Full page-level redirects have been enabled for all existing pages and resources on the platform, and we have endeavoured to retain the same user-friendly, accessible display for users at all education levels.

Access to the Churchill Archive for Schools site remains free to all without registration, and the complete Churchill Archive continues to be available free of charge to schools and sixth form colleges worldwide.

You can read more about the migration of the wider Churchill Archive platform here.