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Transcript of interview: Sir Crispin Tickell, 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 36

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 1999


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

Crispin Tickell was born 25 August 1930, the son of the late Jerrard Tickell and Renée (née Haynes); he was educated at Westminster (King’s Scholar; Honorary Fellow, 1993) and Christ Church College, Oxford (Hinchliffe and Honorary Scholar), 1st Class Honours Modern History 1952. In 1954 he married 1st, Chloë (marriage dissolved 1976), daughter of the late Sir James Gunn, RA, PRP; two sons one daughter; 2nd, 1977, Penelope, daughter of the late Dr Vernon Thorne Thorne.

After serving with the Coldstream Guards, 1952-54, Tickell entered the Diplomatic Service in 1954. He served at: Foreign Office, 1954-55; The Hague [Netherlands], 1955-58; Mexico, 1958-61; Foreign Office (Planning Staff), 1961-64; Paris [France], 1964-70; Private Secretary to successive Ministers responsible for British entry into the European Community, 1970-72; Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1972-75; Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University [United States], 1975-76; Chef de Cabinet to President of Commission of European Community, 1977-81; Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1981; Ambassador to Mexico, 1981-83; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1983-84; Permanent Secretary, ODA, 1984-87; British Permanent Representative to UN, 1987-90. Tickell died on 25 January 2022.

He was awarded the GCMG in 1989; KCVO 1983 (MVO 1958).


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Tickell, Sir Crispin

Finding aid date

2002-04-24 16:46:59+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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