Bloomsbury is very proud to be considered the leading publisher of Winston Churchill, and in today’s blog post we have plenty of exciting Churchill-related news for you.
The Churchill Archive
First off, we’re pleased to announce the re-launch of the online Churchill Archive, featuring a fresh new look and easier navigation. The Archive features more than 800,000 pages of original documents relating to Churchill, ranging from his personal correspondence to official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians and military leaders. It’s the go-to archive for information on Churchill’s life and legacy, as well as providing a fascinating window onto modern British and world history more generally.
The new-look website makes it even easier to browse its many documents, using powerful search tools to explore the contents of the Archive itself or navigate to the many higher education teaching resources, including original extended essays and brand new 'Focus on...' features. These provide overviews of broad fields of modern history, with introductions by leading historians and links to rich selections of files and documents from the Archive. Topics include Women and Social Change, Empire and Imperialism and The Cold War and Nuclear Weapons. You can find out more about the collections available here.
The Churchill Archive is available for purchase by institutions via subscription or on a perpetual access basis. Free trials are now available, open to lecturers, faculty and librarians of universities, colleges and academic institutions, and the duration and timing of these trials can be negotiated in order to suit the requirements of your institution. If you’d like to enquire about a subscription or a trial, please contact:
Churchill Archive for Schools
This summer we’re also launching the Churchill Archive for Schools, a special resource making the archive freely available to secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Churchill Archive for Schools carefully selects archive documents, organised and presented as ‘investigations’, to help young historians develop their research skills. Based around four broad themes central to the study of modern history, these ‘investigations’ introduce students to 6 to 8 documents from the Archive, with background information to help them interpret the sources. Bookmark this page.
The new Churchill Central website was launched in January 2015 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill's death. Churchill Central is a hub for Churchill-related organisations to collaborate, contribute and share content that extends the Churchill world. Users can learn about the different stages in Churchill’s life, exploring themes based on aspects of his multi-faceted character. A unique interactive timeline allows users to navigate their way through all the key years in his life, as well explore events and developments taking place elsewhere in the world. Other features include an online treasure hunt with a prize for the winner. The site also includes quizzes, quotes and a calendar listing current exhibitions, lectures and events as well as an online shop.
The Story of the Malakand Field Force and My African Journey
Finally, in September we’ll be re-issuing two books written by Churchill himself: The Story of the Malakand Field Force and My African Journey. The latter follows the adventures of the 22-year-old Churchill who talked his way into the Malakand Field Force as a war correspondent, reporting on the front line in a struggle against restless tribes on the Northwest Frontier. My African Journey, first published in 1908, documents the travels of Churchill (now in his thirties) through Africa; he waxes lyrical on the natural beauty of Uganda and goes on to explore Egypt and Sudan via the White Nile. Both of these books give us a personal introduction to the pre-war Churchill who many of us are a little less familiar with. We think they’re an excellent addition to our extensive publishing on all things Churchill.