Churchill Archive Site Launches in Beta Format

After much blood, toil, tears and sweat, today Bloomsbury presents the Churchill Archive website in beta phase.

Under two years after it was first announced, the Archive has now been fully digitised and is available online for the first time.

It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. More than a fantastic collection of primary source material, it is a unique digital library offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill Biographer and Special Advisor to the Churchill Archive, said: ‘The Churchill Papers collection is an Aladdin’s cave of historical riches, which it has been my privilege to explore. I strongly endorse this project, which will enable everyone to have access to Winston S. Churchill’s writings and correspondence. It is a project that will bring the history of the first sixty years of the twentieth century, and the remarkable story of Britain’s greatest Prime Minister, into the classroom and the home.’

The full launch will take place in September 2012. In the meantime, we would be grateful to hear any feedback that you might have on the beta site, so don’t hesitate to contact us.