Winston Churchill's personal papers digitised, available online
Madam, if I were your husband I should read them
The man who famously stated that the British would "fight them on the beaches" in the event of a German invasion has had some of his less-often quoted words including his private letters (and his receipts for cigars) fully digitised and made available online in the Churchill archive.
Winston Churchill's private musings, letters to Stalin, doodles and appointments diaries are now on the internet after two years of painstaking digitisation at Churchill College, Cambridge.
The haul of papers documents all areas of the great man's life and times from the most trivial to the most important.
A man of many words, now available in a searchable archive
Amidst preparatory notes for his great speeches, there's a 1933 memorandum on Hitler's likely long-term plans as laid out in Mein Kampf, and mid-war July 1942 there's a top secret telegram to Stalin including plans to send supplies to Russia through Iran.
From 1918 there is a £28 estimate from a builder who had assessed the cost of building two pig houses at Churchill's country home.
And there papers from Churchill's younger days too - receipts for £5-worth of cigars from 1912, details of an 1896 libel case that Churchill, then aged 22, won against an A C Bruce Pryce who had accused the young Churchill of "acts of gross immorality of the Oscar Wilde type", and a description in a letter to his mother of how he spent his time playing polo and catching butterflies while stationed in Bangalore with his regiment in 1896.
The online copyright is held by Bloomsbury Publishing and the original papers are held at Churchill College, Cambridge. ®
Please correct me if I'm wrong but...
...didn't Churchill's grandson get a multi-million quid handout from the lottery for all these papers and now people are expected to shell out again for access?
Sir, i believe you are drunk!
Yes Madam and you are ugly
But in the morning i shall be sober
Re: Please correct me if I'm wrong but...
Some of the original works like letters are not crown copyright , I had a look at the site and it's got a 300 page document listing the people they had to get permisson from.
However there are loads of insitutions and colleges hoarding stuff that could and should be put online cheaply but is held up in infighting and a fear of becoming redundant, leading to restricted access and a fear of digital.