Churchill Archive Platform - Churchill Archive Migration

As of July 2023, we are delighted to announce the migration of Churchill Archive onto a newly redesigned and optimized platform.

Easier to search, browse, and navigate, it will be an even more essential online resource to support study, teaching, and research at your institution. Users will be able to access all of the same high-quality content as before but will benefit from an improved site experience.

A new and improved display

The Churchill Archive is now hosted on the Bloomsbury Publishing Platform, where it joins a rich portfolio of digital resources supporting high-resolution displays of digitized primary source materials, from manuscripts and incunabula to museum artefacts. The 800,000 documents in the Churchill Archive are now available to view through an enhanced image viewer and platform navigation environment, which has been specifically developed to support the collection's unique catalogue and metadata structure.

Users will be able to search, browse, and access files from the collection in the same ways as before, but with a number of improvements to the overall interface and user experience:

  • A cleaner, more accessible platform interface and display
  • Improved device responsiveness and compatibility
  • A wrap-around metadata display, which gives greater prominence to the core image viewer whilst making all relevant metadata easier to browse with fewer tabs and clicks required
  • Enhanced search and browse for content discovery, including full text-searchable transcripts (where available)
  • Additional navigation routes through the catalogue while browsing images
  • Support for images digitised in full colour (where available)

Migration FAQs

Will URLs from the previous site redirect to pages on the new site? In order to support customers who have bookmarked the current URLs, for example in library catalogue systems or in reading lists, as well as search engines and discovery and indexing databases, we have set up URL redirects in order to support customers who have bookmarked the current URLs in library catalogue systems or in reading lists, as well as search engines and discovery and indexing databases.

Please note the redirects will live in our platform indefinitely. If you are using your own MARC records or are bookmarking pages using the OLD platform URLs, you are covered by the redirects.

Will there be a change to the main site URL? No, the site will remain

What about access methods? How will they work on the new platform? Our access methods, for example IP address, Shibboleth, or Open Athens, will continue to work in exactly the same way. Any Churchill Archive customers using EZProxy need to ensure that they have the Geoplugin stanza in their EZProxy config.txt (if it is not there already) just above the Churchill Archive stanza.
Please therefore check and confirm that your EZProxy config file stanzas for Churchill Archive will be set as follows, including the Option Cookie directive:

Option Cookie
Title GEOPlugin (updated 20200423)


Option Cookie
Title Churchill Archive (updated 20200423)

Are there any changes to usage statistics (COUNTER reports)? There will be no changes to the availability of COUNTER reports.

If you have any questions about the migration, please get in touch with your Account Manager:

Personal Accounts and My Archive

If you are an instructor, librarian, or student with an existing personal account for the previous 'My Archive' feature:

You will need to set up a personal account on the new Churchill Archive site after the migration. This is a simple process that can be done quickly and easily. Create a personal account using the Sign-Up function to save content and searches in folders once you are logged in to the site via your institutional account. Create an account by clicking the blue ‘Sign in’ link in the top right-hand corner of the site above the 'About' and 'Librarians' links. At the bottom of the pop-up window, click ‘Sign up now.’

If you have already signed up for a Personal Account on any other Bloomsbury Digital Resources platform (excluding Bloomsbury Collections or Bloomsbury Profesional Online), you will be able to use the same credentials to access the 'My Saved Items' section of the new Churchill Archive platform (see below).

We regret that bookmarks saved to personal accounts on the previous Churchill Archive site will not be retained. Users were alerted to save those links instead to their browser favorites prior to the migration.

How do personal accounts work on the new site?

On the new site your Personal Account enables you to:

  • Save books, chapters, articles, cases, images, or other items to view later
  • Organize your saved items into folders
  • Email and export citations
  • Save searches and receive search alerts

On the new site the My Content area contains:

My Saved Items: This is where you can save (bookmark) items on the new platform. You can create your own folders and organise your saved items. This will be empty until you start saving items on the new platform; you can save links to books, chapters, articles, cases, videos, and images.

My Saved Searches: This is where all the searches that you have saved on the new platform appear. This is a new feature, which was not available on the old site, so nothing will be saved here until you start saving Searches on the new platform. You will also be able to turn email alerts on and off for saved searches here. When turned on, you will receive an email whenever new relevant content for that search is added.

On the new site the My Profile area is where you can:

  • Edit your name and email address
  • Change your password
  • Opt in to receive information about Churchill Archive and related Bloomsbury products

Churchill Archive for Schools

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.

Visit the new Churchill Archive for Schools platform

Register your school for access to the full Churchill Archive platform