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The Papers of Bernard Donoughue (Lord Donoughue of Ashton)

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DNGH

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to Donoughue's time as Head of the No 10 Policy Unit, 1974-79, and as Minister for Farming and the Food Industry, 1997-98; with series of earlier and later correspondence


  • Creation: 1955 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre (see individual catalogue entries for restrictions), Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Donoughue was born in September 1934. He was educated at Campbell Secondary Modern School and Northampton Grammar School before studying at Lincoln College and Nuffield College, Oxford. He was member of the editorial staff of The Economist from 1959-60 and a senior research officer of the Political and Economic Planning Institute between 1960 and 1963. He was an academic at the London School of Economics, 1963-74, before being appointed Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister in 1974. He headed the Downing Street Policy Unit from 1974–79. After leaving Downing Street he was Development Director, Economist Intelligence Unit, 1979-81; Assistant Editor, "The Times", 1981-82; was a Partner of Grieveson, Grant & Co, 1983-86, worked for Kleinwort Grieveson Securities, 1986-88, and Bishopsgate International Investment Holdings, 1988-91. He was Opposition spokesman on Treasury, 1991-92, on Energy, 1991-93, and on National Heritage, 1992-97. He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, MAFF, 1997-99. He has published (with G. W. Jones) "Herbert Morrison: portrait of a politician", 1973; "Prime Minister", 1987; "The Heat of the Kitchen" (memoirs), 2003; "Downing Street Diary: with Harold Wilson in Number Ten", 2005; and "Downing Street Diary: with James Callaghan in Number Ten", 2008. He was made a Life Peer in May 1985.


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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and copies of the catalogue are available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Lord Donoughue in June and December 2006


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2008. Catalogue information was added by Andrew Riley.

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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