About the Leonard Cheshire Archive

Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire wanted to preserve the memory of those who had volunteered, worked and lived in his charities, as well as his own humanitarian work.

So in 1985 he decided to set up the Leonard Cheshire Archive Centre to further these aims, at Staunton Harold Hall in Leicestershire. In 2005 a new purpose built one story archive centre, accessible to wheelchair users, was built in the grounds of Newlands House in Netherseal, South Derbyshire, where we are today.

The archive is open to researchers by appointment every day, apart from weekends. There is step free access to the building and an accessible toilet.

The archive contains administrative records, our founder’s personal collection and film, sound and photograph collections. Part of the film archive is curated on our behalf by the British Film Institute. 

Catalogues for the collections kept at the archive (also known as ‘finding aids’ or ‘archive descriptions’) are being added to the Archives Hub and are available for members of the public to view by clicking on this link.

Our reel to reel film archive is kept at the British Film Institute, who have digitised 10 films as part of our Rewind project and more of our films can be found on their catalogue

Research visits to the archive can be made by appointment with the archivist. For further information please contact: The Archive Centre Newlands House Main Street Netherseal South Derbyshire DE12 8DA Email: archivecentre@leonardcheshire.org Phone: 01283 763 951