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1 A Window on History

2 What is the Churchill Archive? A unique resource bringing 800,000 documents gathered by Churchill in his life online for the first time 800,000 pages of primary source documents from 1874 to 1965 Content – from 2,700 boxes held by the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge, UK, previously available on microfilm by appointment only

3 What is the Churchill Archive? Historical files digitised for the first time: telegrams, booklets, speech notes, government documents, photos, book manuscripts, letters and diaries Sources document Churchill’s engagement in all aspects of national and international affairs over six decades of public life as soldier, journalist, wartime leader and historian Letters

4 What can you do in the Churchill Archive? The Churchill Archive - an exceptional resource for researchers, students and the general public. It includes: Specially-commissioned articles, based on courses, to guide students and researchers through the content Special features, such as Action this Day, which bring history alive Links to additional content such as contemporary newspaper articles, newsreel and film clips to give different perspectives on events, speeches and diplomatic relationships Reading lists and bibliographies to encourage further research Personalisation features: annotating, citing, extracting and sharing options (from August 2012)

5 Homepage The homepage is your portal to the rest of the Archive’s features and contents Or browse the content by topic, place, people or period Slideshow highlights featured content Read original documents from this day in history Access the catalogue browser directly

6 Explore by place, periods or topic From drop-down menus, click-through to those of interest The Archive covers much more than just one man. Its unique taxonomy helps you to explore 20 th -Century history by place, periods or topic

7 Explore by people You can also search for documents about any individual who has been mentioned more than 10 times Links are provided to further information about the individual in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and/or Who Was Who (you’ll need a subscription to these products)

8 Search results Select documents to view side by side in the image browser Narrow your results to a specific date range or refine them using the Archive’s unique taxonomy Large number of results? Use advanced search to accurately pinpoint what you’re looking for

9 Advanced search Use or exclude specific search phrases to narrow results Or search within areas of the catalogue, by categories such as ‘speeches’ or ‘Official: War Cabinet’

10 Browse the catalogue Click on the eye symbol to bring up details of the documents within each category Click the arrow to load the list of documents in a category In ‘Explore’ or from the homepage, you’ll find the option to browse the complete catalogue, as categorised by the Churchill Archives Centre

11 Image browser The image browser allows you to look at digitised versions of the documents alongside information about them ‘Current selection’ lists the document you are currently looking at On the information tab, you can view details about the document, including the catalogue description – in itself illuminating and a useful reference point

12 Image browser You can also zoom to explore the documents in high definition Using the zoom, you can scroll around the document using this thumbnail Using the full- screen option you can view the document in higher definition Use the film-reel to scroll through the pages

13 Teaching resources – HE modules For lecturers, specially commissioned higher education modules can be found in ‘Teaching Resources’ Each module contains an essay on a key topic by a leading academic Links to further reading, websites and supporting materials e.g. suggested essay questions, summary slides for seminars Links to Churchill Archive documents of relevance

14 Teaching resources – lesson plans You can view the plans on the website, or download a PDF For teachers, specially-commissioned lesson plans can also be found in Teaching Resources Links to relevant archive documents (here, drafts of the speech) Plans include suggestions for how to use them in class and questions and answers for students to test their learning

15 ‘This is the holy grail of twentieth-century archives.’ Martin Farr, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University, UK ‘The Churchill Archive will make students much more likely to use primary sources, and will give them a wider range of documents to draw on. In addition, I am more likely now to shape components of my course around the documents if I know they are available to students in such a convenient form.’ Christopher M. Bell, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada ‘An Aladdin’s Cave of historical riches... 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.’ Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill Biographer and Special Advisor to the Churchill Archive What’s been said about the Churchill Archive?

16 A Window on History If you are interested in trialling or purchasing an institutional subscription to the Churchill Archive, please contact:


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