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The Papers of Winston S. Churchill

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WSCH

Scope and Contents

Political correspondence and speeches.


  • Creation: 1963 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is closed.

Conditions Governing Use

Once the collection is open, researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Winston Spencer Churchill was born at Chequers, 10 October 1940, the son of Randolph Churchill and Pamela Churchill (née Digby). He was educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland, Ludgrove School, Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He married (1) Mary Caroline (Minnie) d'Erlanger in 1964 (divorced 1997), with whom he had two sons and two daughters, and (2) Luce Engelen in 1997.

He worked as a foreign correspondent, 1963 and 1966-70. He contested the constituency of Manchester Gorton, 1967; and was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Stretford, 1970-83, and Davyhulme, 1983-97.

He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Construction, 1970-2, and to the Minister of State, Foreign Office, 1972-3. He became an Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Defence, 1976-8, and also served as a member of the Select Committee on Defence, 1983-97. He was an Executive Member of the 1922 Committee, 1979-85.

He was an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1969-2010.

He died in London on 2 March 2010.

His publications include: "First Journey" (1964); "Six Day War" (1967); "Defending the West" (1981); "Memories and Adventures" (1989); "His Father's Son" (1996); "The Great Republic" (1999); and (editor) "Never Give In!: the Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches" (2003).


152 archive box(es)

6 item(s) (6 oversize items)

21 album(s)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to Churchill Archives Centre by Randolph Churchill, 2010-14, and 2023, while a further accession of press cutting albums was deposited by Minnie Churchill in January 2020.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, February 2012. Biographical information was obtained from the websites of Who's Who and Wikipedia; and from obituaries in The Independent and The Daily Telegraph.


Churchill, Winston Spencer, 1940-2010, politician

2012-02-07 11:27:43+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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