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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.


  • 2004


Conditions Governing Access

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.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



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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