The History, Role and Function of the British Embassy in Paris Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This event and witness seminar examined the history, role and functions of the UK Embassy in Paris. It marked the publication of Rogelia Pastor-Castro and John W Young’s edited volume, The Paris Embassy: British Ambassadors and Anglo-French Relations, 1944-79. Dr pastor-Castro presented a paper on Sir Oliver Harvey. Matthew Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer, FCO chaired the witnesses Sir David Manning GCMG: First Secretary, 1984-88; Sir Christopher Mallaby GCMG: Ambassador, 1993-1996; Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG: Counsellor (Financial and Commercial), 1987–90; Ambassador, 1996-2001; Sir John Holmes GCVO: First Secretary (Economic), 1984–87; Ambassador, 2001-2007. The audience consisted of FCO alumni and current staff, academics and students of foreign policy. Twitter coverage can be found at #UKEmbassyParis. The transcript of this event will be published at
Period3 Apr 2014
Held atForeign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom


  • British Ambassadors
  • Diplomacy
  • British Foreign Policy
  • Anglo-French relations
  • European Integration