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British Diplomatic Oral History Programme

Title British Diplomatic Oral History Programme
Reference GBR/0014/DOHP
Creator British Diplomatic Oral History Programme
Covering Dates 1995–2014
Extent and Medium 142 files; paper
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

The British Diplomatic Oral History Programme (BDOHP) established with the approval and co-operation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) creates a valuable new body of research material for the study of British diplomatic history.

This material, which is being preserved and conserved at the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge, offers unparalleled insights into how British diplomats function and what really happened at crucial moments in their careers. It affords a unique account of important, and often unrecorded, events in international relations. It is increasingly recognised as a source of raw material by scholars, writers, journalists and researchers.

The BDOHP interviews former diplomats or other officials who have played a significant role in events bearing on international relations. The tendency towards greater openness in government has strengthened in recent years. Interviewees are encouraged by their interviewers to be candid and not to allow their instinctive respect for confidentiality to inhibit a frank description of what it is they have contributed to British diplomacy. They are however assured that what they say will not be published or put into the public domain without their permission or prior FCO clearance.

To strengthen the confidence of interviewees in the BDOHP, the interviewers are also retired diplomats or their wives. These interviewers understand the desirability of obtaining a first hand account covering the ground fairly and illuminating the atmosphere of a broad spectrum of posts around the world during the conduct of international relations. Transcripts of the interviews provide valuable details and insights into the daily workings of diplomacy and of Whitehall which may not otherwise be available to outside observers and commentators. Many such details, taken for granted in contemporary documents, are often omitted from the official records when these are eventually released into the public domain.

The BDOHP receives no official funding and is run on a voluntary basis. There have been some small but essential financial contributions from charitable trusts to meet the costs of transcribing the tapes as well as the costs of travel to interviews, postage, and equipment. Financial aid of this kind continues to be needed. For the creation of this unique body of evidence is not only an important academic undertaking, it is also a vital national interest.

The Churchill Archives Centre is part of Churchill College, Cambridge, itself the National and Commonwealth memorial to Britain's celebrated wartime Prime Minister. The Centre houses the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, Lady Thatcher, and some 600 other prominent individuals of the Churchill era and beyond. It is one of the leading repositories for the study of politics, diplomacy and grand strategy in the twentieth century. Though it receives no direct public funding, and relies on private donation, the Centre has a long tradition of working with the Cabinet Office and the FCO and has been inspected and approved by the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.

The BDOHP was originally established in 1995 as the result of an approach by Charles Stuart Kennedy in Washington to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1991. Mr Kennedy, a retired US Foreign Service officer, was at that time Director of the Foreign Affairs Oral History Program at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University. He thought the British Diplomatic Service should know about the United States program and the advantages to scholarship and training to be derived from it, and might wish to consider developing a programme on similar lines.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office thought the idea was a good one but was not willing to take it forward itself for budgetary reasons. The FCO passed the challenge to Malcolm McBain, a retired Diplomatic Service officer, to take up in a private, unsubsidised capacity. Stuart Kennedy provided unstinting encouragement and advice and the unofficial link between the American and the British oral history programmes still flourishes today.

The BDOHP received further practical help and encouragement from the Department of Politics at Leicester University from 1995 to 1997 when the programme was transferred to its present home at the Churchill Archives Centre.

Each interview counts as one separate file.

Gift.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, British Diplomatic Oral History Programme, DOHP

Further information

The transcripts are available at https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/archives/collections/BDOHP/.

See also the British Oral Archive of Political and Administrative History (BOAPAH) at the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the American Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/diplomacy/about.html and http://www.usdiplomacy.org/ and also recorded interviews with Cabinet Secretaries at http://www.cabinetsecretaries.com/.

This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue were prepared by Katharine Thomson at Churchill Archives Centre, from an existing catalogue.

Index Terms
Diplomacy
European Cooperation
Foreign Policy
International Relations
Foreign Office
Churchill/DOHP contains:
1 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hickman, John Kyrle.
1 file; Paper.
1995
2 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Campbell, Sir Alan Hugh.
1 file; Paper.
1996
3 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Greenhill, Denis, Lord Greenhill of Harrow.
1 file; Paper.
1996
4 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Fretwell, Sir John.
1 file; Paper.
1996
5 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hutson, John Whiteford.
1 file; Paper.
1996
6 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Allinson, Sir Walter Leonard.
1 file; Paper.
1996
7 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Best, Sir Richard Radford.
1 file; Paper.
1996
8 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Gillmore, David Howe, Baron Gillmore.
1 file; Paper.
1996
9 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Browning, Rex Alan.
1 file; Paper.
1996
10 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Parsons, Sir Anthony Derrick.
1 file.
1996
11 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Tucker, Herbert Harold.
1 file.
1996
12 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Bailey, Ronald William.
1 file.
1996
13 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Munro, Sir Alan Gordon.
1 file.
1996
14 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Roberts, Sir Frank Kenyon.
1 file.
1996
15 Transcript of interview.
Creator: McLaren, Sir Robin John Taylor.
1 file.
1996
16 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Walker, Sir Harold Berners.
1 file.
1996
17 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wright, Sir John Oliver.
1 file.
1996
18 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Brown, Sir Mervyn.
1 file.
1996
19 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cross, James Richard Jasper.
1 file.
1996
20 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Phillips, Sir Horace.
1 file.
1997
21 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Shiers, Leslie Gordon.
1 file.
1997
22 Transcript of interview. Also includes recordings of the 45-minute BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Reunion', broadcast on 30 August 2009, and also of the longer discussion from which the programme was taken, where five people who were closely involved in the international Ethiopia famine relief programme in the mid-1980s were reunited to discuss their memories of those events. The participants were: Sir Brian Barder; International Red Cross nurse Claire Bertschinger; the BBC reporter Michael Buerk; Dawit Wolde Giorgis, former head of the Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission; Hugh Goyder, former head of Oxfam's Ethiopia programme.
Creator: Barder, Sir Brian Leon.
1 file and 3 cds.
1997–2009
23 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Smedley, Sir Harold.
1 file.
1997
24 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hibbert, Sir Reginald Alfred.
1 file.
1997
25 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Butler, Sir Michael Dacres.
1 file.
1997
26 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cradock, Sir Percy.
1 file.
1997
27 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Maitland, Sir Donald James Dundas.
1 file.
1997
28 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Mallaby, Sir Christopher Leslie George.
1 file.
1997
29 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Day, Sir Derek Malcolm.
1 file.
1996
30 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Braithwaite, Sir Rodric Quentin.
1 file.
1998
31 Transcript of interview.
Creator: O'Keeffe, Peter Laurence.
1 file.
1998
32 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Henderson, Sir John Nicholas.
1 file.
1998
33 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Renwick, Robin William, Lord.
1 file.
1998
34 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Alexander, Sir Michael.
1 file.
1998
35 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Fergusson, Sir Ewen.
1 file.
1998
36 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Tickell, Sir Crispin.
1 file.
1999
37 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Palliser, Sir Arthur Michael, 1922-2012, Knight, diplomat Palliser, Sir Arthur Michael, 1922-2012, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
1999
38 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hannay, Lord Hannay of Chiswick.
1 file.
1999
39 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Tallboys, Richard Gilbert.
1 file.
1999
40 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Nelson, St Elmo Dudley.
1 file.
2000
41 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Bache, Andrew Philip Foley.
1 file.
2000
42 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cape, Donald.
1 file.
2001
43 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Huebener, Rosamund.
1 file.
2000
44 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Ramsbotham, Hon Sir Peter.
1 file.
2001
45 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Amy, Dennis Oldrieve.
1 file.
1998
46 Transcript of interview. Also includes a copy of a pamphlet written by Coles for the New Europe group, on British influence and the euro.
Creator: Coles, Sir Arthur John.
1 file.
2000
47 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wade-Gery, Sir Robert Lucian.
1 file.
2000
48 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wright, Patrick Richard Henry, Lord Wright of Richmond.
1 file.
2000
49 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Gore-Booth, Hon Sir David Alwyn.
1 file.
1999
50 Transcript of interview.
Creator: McBain, David Malcolm.
1 file.
2000
51 Edited memoir.
Creator: Keeble, Sir Herbert Ben Curtis.
1 file.
2001
52 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Leahy, Sir John Henry Gladstone.
1 file.
2001
53 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Powell, Lord Powell of Bayswater.
1 file.
2000
54 Memoir (in place of interview).
Creator: Imray, Sir Colin Henry.
1 file.
2002
55 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Carless, Hugh Michael.
1 file.
2002
56 A Part Of All That I Have Met. Printed memoir.
Creator: East, Kenneth Arthur.
1 pamphlet.
1988
57 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Acland, Sir Antony Arthur.
1 file.
2001
58 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Miles, Frank Stephen.
1 file.
1996
59 Transcript of interview. Also includes a copy of Lamb's memoirs, "A Long Way from Swansea" (2003).
Creator: Lamb, Sir Albert Thomas.
1 file.
2000–2003
60 Transcript of interview. Includes an edited version of the Anniversary lecture by Sir John Boyd on China and Japan delivered at the Annual General Meeting of The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, June 2005.
Creator: Boyd, Sir John Dixon Iklé.
1 file.
1999–2005
61 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Denman, Sir Roy.
1 file.
1999
62 Extract from memoirs.
Creator: Logan, Sir Donald Arthur.
1 file.
2002
63 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Beetham, Roger Campbell.
1 file.
2002
64 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Clark, Sir Terence Joseph.
1 file.
2002
65 Transcript of interview.
Creator: McLoughlin, Leslie J.
1 file.
2003
66 Published and unpublished articles on Dean's diplomatic career. Subjects include: reaction in Nigeria to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe and Zambia]; relations with India and meeting Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India; winning the propaganda war on arms control; meeting Jerry Rawlings, Head of State, Ghana; the difficulties in building a new British High Commission office in Ghana, 1984. Also includes: accompanying correspondence.
Creator: Dean, Cecil Roy.
1 file.
2002–2003
67 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wright, Sir Denis Arthur Hepworth.
1 file.
2000
68 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Campbell, Juliet Jeanne d'Auvergne.
1 file.
2003
69 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Killick, Sir John Edward.
1 file.
2002
70 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Stuart, Andrew Christopher.
1 file.
2002
71 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Thomas, Derek Morison David.
1 file.
2002
72 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Tonkin, Derek.
1 file.
2000
73 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Mellon, Sir James.
1 file.
2003
74 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Rose, Sir Clive Martin.
1 file.
2003
75 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Fearn, Sir Patrick Robin.
1 file.
2002
76 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Gray, Sir John Walton David.
1 file.
2001
77 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wood, Sir Andrew Marley.
1 file.
2003
78 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Summerhayes, David Michael.
1 file.
2003
79 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Rhodes, Sir Peregrine Alexander.
1 file.
2003
80 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Penfold, Peter Alfred.
1 file.
2003
81 Transcript of interview. Also includes two articles by Crowe: "A common European foreign policy after Iraq?" (International Affairs, 2003) and "EU-US Relations and the Implications of Iraq" (American Diplomacy, 2003).
Creator: Crowe, Sir Brian Lee.
1 file.
2003
82 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Weston, Sir Philip John.
1 file.
2001
83 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Wilson, David Clive, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn.
1 file.
2003
84 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Doble, Denis Henry, b 1936, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
85 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Pellew, Mark Edward, b 1942, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
86 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Carrick, Sir Roger John, b 1937, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
87 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Birch, Sir John Allan, b 1935, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
88 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Dain, Sir David John Michael, b 1940, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2003
89 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hall, Sir Peter Edward, b 1938, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2002
90 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hurd, Douglas Richard, b 1930, Baron Hurd of Westwell, politician, diplomat and author.
1 file.
2005
91 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Meyer, Sir Christopher John Rome, b 1944, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
92 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Miles, Richard Oliver, b 1936, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
93 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Lucas, Ivor Thomas Mark, b 1927, diplomat Lucas, Ivor Thomas Mark, b 1927, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
94 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Sutherland, Dame Veronica Evelyn, b 1939, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
95 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Unwin, Peter William, b 1932, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
96 Transcript of interview. This file also contains an edited version of an interview given by Moberly as Consultant to the Middle East Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, on his time in Qatar.
Creator: Moberly, Sir John Campbell, 1925-2004, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2002
97 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cocking, Nicholas, b 1936, Brigadier.
1 file.
2004
98 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Kerr, John Olav, b 1942, Baron Kerr of Kinlochard, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
99 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Greenstock, Sir Jeremy Quentin, b 1943, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2004
100 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Morland, Martin Robert, b 1933, diplomat.
1 file.
2006
101 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Parsons, Sir Richard Edmund Clement Fownes, b 1928, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
102 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Jay, Peter, b 1937, writer and broadcaster.
1 file.
2006
103 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Jones, Sir Wynn Normington Hugh-, b 1923, knight, diplomat Jones, Sir Wynn Normington Hugh-, b 1923, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
104 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Burns, David Allan, b 1937, diplomat.
1 file.
1999
105 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Lyne, Sir Roderic Michael John, b 1948, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2006
106 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Donaldson, Brian, b c 1945, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
107 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Eastwood, Basil Stephen Talbot, b 1944, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
108 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Roberts, Sir Ivor Anthony, b 1946, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
109 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Hawley, Sir Donald Frederick, 1921-2008, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
110 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Ure, Sir John Burns, b 1931, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
111 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Snoxell, David Raymond, b 1944, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
112 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Carter, Andrew, b 1943, diplomat.
1 file.
2006
113 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Edwards, John Coates, b 1934, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
114 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Synnott, Sir Hilary Nicholas Hugh, 1945-2011, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2008
115 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cartledge, Sir Bryan George, b 1931, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
116 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Burton, Sir Michael St Edmund, b 1937, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2008
117 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Crawford, Charles Graham, b 1954, diplomat.
1 file.
2008
118 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Buist, John Latto Farquharson, 1930-2012, diplomat.
1 file.
2008
119 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cullimore, Charles Augustine Kaye, b 1933, diplomat.
1 file.
2009
120 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Sindall, Adrian John, b 1937, diplomat.
1 file.
2008
121 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Edmonds, John Christopher, b 1921, diplomat.
1 file.
2009
122 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Munro, Colin Andrew, b 1946, diplomat.
1 file.
2009
123 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Jay, Michael Hastings, b 1946, Baron Jay of Ewelme.
1 file.
2007
124 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Higgins, Desmond, b 1930, diplomat.
1 file.
2010
125 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Longworth, Peter, b 1942, diplomat.
1 file.
2006
126 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Fenn, Sir Nicholas Maxted, b 1936, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2010
127 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Brenton, Sir Anthony Russell, b 1950, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2010
128 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Willson, John Michael, b 1931, diplomat.
1 file.
2005
129 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Coles, Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-, b 1955, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2011
130 Transcript of interview. Interview on the work done by diplomatic wives.
Creator: Young, Elisabeth Ann, b c 1945, wife of Thomas Nesbitt Young.
1 file.
2011
131 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Margetson, Sir John William Denys, b 1927, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2007
132 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Phillips, Sir Gerald Hayden, b 1943, Knight, civil servant.
1 file.
2011
133 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Fairweather, Sir Patrick Stanislaus, b 1936, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2011
134 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Sankey, John Anthony, b 1930, diplomat.
1 file.
2010
135 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Lever, Sir Paul, b 1944, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2011
136 Transcript of interview. The majority of this interview deals with Britain's relations with Europe.
Creator: Wall, Sir John Stephen, b 1947, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2010–2012
137 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Prendergast, Sir Walter Kieran, b 1942, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2012
138 Transcript of interview. The majority of this interview deals with Britain's relations with Europe.
Creator: Audland, Sir John Christopher, b 1926, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2012
139 Transcript of interview. The majority of this interview deals with Britain's relations with Europe.
Creator: Fielding, Sir Leslie, b 1932, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2012
140 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cloake, John Cecil, b 1924, diplomat.
1 file.
2013
141 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Craig, Sir Albert James Macqueen, b 1924, Knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2013
142 Transcript of interview.
Creator: Cortazzi, Sir Henry Arthur Hugh, b 1924, knight, diplomat.
1 file.
2014

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