Churchill Archive for Schools - Themes


‘History with its flickering lamps stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days’ - Winston Churchill, 12 November 1940

Churchill and US President Truman on a special Baltimore & Ohio train, en route for Fulton, Missouri where Churchill would give his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, March 1946. (© By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, photographer [via Wikimedia Commons])

The Churchill Archive is a window on history, a treasure trove of words and images from the past and a goldmine for young historians. But the archive is very large - with nearly 800,000 items (private letters, speeches, telegrams, newspaper articles and much more!) - and it covers an awful lot of history!

To help you find your particular area of interest, we've divided our material into different themes - all of them broad areas of modern history. Each theme contains a number of document-based questions - or 'investigations' - based on documents in the Archive so whatever area of history you're studying, we're sure you'll find something to interest and excite you.

Just click on the topic you’re interested in and get started!

 Key questions in modern world history

Key questions in modern British and empire history

 Key questions in twentieth-century Anglo-American relations

 Key questions on Churchill: discussion, debate and historical controversy