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Transcript of interview: Sir Christopher Meyer, 2004

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 91

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2004


Conditions Governing Access

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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

Christopher Meyer was born on 22 February 1944, son of Flight Lieutenant R. H. R. Meyer (killed in action 1944) and Mrs E. P. L. Meyer [later Mrs S. Landells]. He was educated at Lancing College and Peterhouse College, Cambridge (studying History), before going on to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna. In 1976 he married Fran├žoise Elizabeth Hedges, daughter of Air Commodore Sir Archibald Winskill; they have two sons and one step son.

Meyer joined the Foreign Office in 1966, and his career included: 3rd Secretary, Foreign Office (1966-67); Army School of Education (1967-68); 3rd, later 2nd, Secretary, Moscow [Soviet Union] (1968-70); 2nd Secretary, Madrid [Spain] (1970-73); 1st Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1973-78); 1st Secretary, UK Permanent Representative to European Communities (1978-82); Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Moscow (1982-84); Head of News Department, FCO (1984-88); Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard [United States] (1988-89); Minister (Commercial), (1989-92), Minister and Deputy Head of Mission (1992-93), Washington; on secondment to the Cabinet Office, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, John Major (1994-96); Ambassador to Germany (1997); Ambassador to United States (1997-2003); Chairman, Press Complaints Commission (2003-). Sir Christopher died on 27 July 2022.


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External Documents


Meyer, Sir Christopher John Rome, b 1944, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2005-12-14 16:06:05.140000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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