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Transcript of interview: Sir John Birch, 2004

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 87

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2004


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

John Birch was born on 24 May 1935, son of C. Allan Birch. He was educated at Leighton Park School, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1960 he married Primula Haselden; they have three sons and one daughter.

After his National Service with the Middlesex Regiment (1954-56), Birch joined the Foreign Service in 1959, and his career included: Paris [France] (1960-63); Singapore (1963-64); Bucharest [Romania] (1965-68); Geneva [Switzerland] (1968-70); Kabul [Afghanistan] (1973-76); Royal College of Defence Studies (1977); Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Negotiations, Geneva (1977-80); Counsellor, Budapest [Hungary] (1980-83); Head of East European Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1983-86); Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to United Nations, New York [United States] (1986-89); Ambassador to Hungary (1989-95). He died on 6 May 2020.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Birch, Sir John Allan, b 1935, knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2005-11-02 10:52:59.043000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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