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FCO Historians

We are one of the few Whitehall departments to have in-house historians. These historians assist both the public and our staff. Their roles include:

  • publishing the official record of post-war British foreign policy
  • enhancing understanding of British foreign policy by publishing FCO historical papers and documents from the archives 
  • providing briefing support on historical issues for Ministers, senior officials and embassies 
  • organising occasional lectures and seminars 
  • managing the FCO’s internal history programme.

Video: Patrick Salmon, Chief Historian, on the role of historians in the FCO