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The Papers of Francis Pym

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FPYM

Scope and Contents

Political and personal papers maintained by Lord Pym


  • Creation: 1930 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

Closed until catalogued and appraised

Biographical / Historical

Francis Pym was born in 1922 and educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was a Conservative MP representing the constituencies of Cambridgeshire (1961-83) and South East Cambridgeshire (1983-87). He served as Opposition Whip (1964-70), Government Chief Whip (1970-73), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1973-74), Secretary of State for Defence (1979-81), Leader of the House of Commons (1981-82), and as Foreign Secretary (1982-83). He was made a life peer in 1987 and died in 2008. He published "The Politics of Consent" (1984) and "Sentimental journey: tracing an outline of family history" (1998).


89 archive box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Pym's son in November 2013.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Leslie R Pym (Pym's father), GBR/0014/LPYM


This collection (fonds) level description was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in 2014.


Pym, Francis Leslie, 1923-2009, Baron Pym, statesman

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
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