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The Papers of Sir Michael Franklin

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FKLN

Scope and Contents

The collection relates primarily to Sir Michael’s involvement with policy on Europe. It includes his diaries from 1961-4, and a memoir of his time at the Cabinet Office from 1977-81. This memoir was written by Sir Michael in retirement.


  • Creation: 1961 - 2012


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.

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

Sir Michael Franklin enjoyed a distinguished public career as a civil servant. He was Private Secretary to Christopher Soames at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1961-4, and went on to become Head of the European Secretariat within the Cabinet Office, 1977-81. He served briefly as a Permanent Secretary at the Department of Trade, 1982-3, before returning to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as Permanent Secretary, 1983-7.

Sir Michael died on 7 July 2019.


1 archive box(es) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Archives Centre by Sir Michael Franklin in January 2003. A further accession from Thomas Raineau was added in 2013.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue were compiled by Allen Packwood. The collection was sorted, arranged and listed by Allen Packwood. Information was obtained from 'Who's Who 2000'.


Franklin, Sir Michael David Milroy, 1927-2019, Knight, Civil Servant

2003-02-07 12:15:56+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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