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Transcript of interview: Sir Oliver Wright, 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 17

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 1996


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

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

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Wright was born 6 March 1921; he was educated at Solihull School and Christ’s College, Cambridge (MA; Honorary Fellow 1981). In 1942 he married Lillian Marjory Osborne.

After serving in the RNVR, 1941-45, Wright joined the Diplomatic Service, in November 1945. His diplomatic career included: New York [United States], 1946-47; Bucharest [Romania], 1948-50; Singapore, 1950-51; Foreign Office, 1952-54; Berlin [Germany], 1954-56; Pretoria [South Africa], 1957-58; Imperial Defence College, 1959; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1960; Counsellor and Private Secretary, 1963; Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 1964-66 (to Rt Hon. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and subsequently to Rt Hon. Harold Wilson); Ambassador to Denmark, 1966-69; seconded to Home Office as UK Representative to Northern Irish Government, August 1969-March 1970; Chief Clerk, Diplomatic Service, 1970-72; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1972-75; Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany, 1975-81; retired, then re-appointed, Ambassador to Washington, 1982-86. Wright died on 1 September 2009.

He was awarded the GCMG 1981 (KCMG 1974; CMG 1964); GCVO 1978; DSC 1944.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Wright, Sir John Oliver

Finding aid date

2002-03-25 11:50:15+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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