The Churchill Archives Centre hosts the British Diplomatic Oral History Programme (BDOHP). Established in 1995 by Malcolm McBain, a retired Diplomatic Service Officer with the approval of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The BDOHP interviews former diplomats or other officials who have played a significant role in events bearing on international relations.
This really is a fantastic resource. Researchers can scan through an alphabetical list of contributors (scroll down the page rather than click on the Janus web server link), attached to each is a very useful resume of the diplomat’s career, see image below. You can then view the transcript by clicking on the diplomats name, for example, ‘BYATT, Ronald Archer Campbell (b.1930)‘. Once in the transcript you are presented with a contents page which very clearly lists the posts held by the diplomat with relevant page numbers where the post is discussed in the transcript.
The transcripts of the…
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