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Michaelmas Term 2019


Welcome, or welcome back, to the Intelligence Seminar!

There is usually time in the latter part of each Seminar for participants, if they wish, to mention newly-declassified documents in the archives and other recent discoveries.


Professor Christopher Andrew (, Dr Dan Larsen (, Dr Thomas Maguire (, Dr John Ranelagh (, Sir Richard Dearlove, Professor Simon Heffer and Simon Brocklebank-Fowler. 

Except where otherwise indicated, all Cambridge meetings take place in Corpus Christi College McCrum Lecture Theatre (entry through ‘The Eagle’ archway, Benet Street) on Fridays and commence promptly at 5.30 pm.
The Porters' Lodge at Corpus will provide further directions if required.


11 October

Sir Michael Fallon:
‘Intelligence and Defence Policy’

From 2014 to 2017, Sir Michael Fallon MP was Secretary of State for Defence and a member of the National Security Council.


18 October

Trevor Barnes and Christopher Andrew
‘KGB “illegal” operations in England: new evidence’ (illustrated)

Putin now claims to have been centrally involved with the illegals during his years in KGB foreign intelligence: ‘These are special people, people of special qualities, of special conviction, with a special character. To give up their life, their nearest and dearest and leave the country for many years, and to dedicate one’s life to the Fatherland, not everyone is capable of doing that.’


25 October

Sir Dermot Turing (nephew of Alan Turing),
‘Bletchley Park Codebreakers’

A preview of his forthcoming book, which includes new insights into, among others, Cambridge and female recruits


1 November



8 November

Sir Richard Dearlove:
‘Intelligence Alliances Anglophone and European’


15 November
VENUE: Harley-Mason Room, Corpus Christi College New Court. (Turn right after the Porters’ Lodge.)

Tony Insall (ex-FCO)
‘Secret Alliances: Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway 1940-1945 – the British Perspective'
A history of Anglo-Norwegian resistance cooperation, which draws on hitherto unpublished material from a variety of sources, particularly the Norwegian SIS archive in Oslo.


22 November

Dan Larsen:
‘Lloyd George: the first Intelligence Prime Minister?’

Julius Green:
‘Theatrical costume and espionage in WW1’ (illustrated)


13 December

Details will be circulated later of a joint one-day conference (including lunch) at RUSI, Whitehall with British Study Group on Intelligence (SGI) 



Michaelmas Term 2019 programme - print version 


Archived Seminar programmes

Easter Term 2019 

Lent Term 2019

Easter Term 2018

Lent Term 2018

Michaelmas Term 2017

Easter Term 2017

Lent Term 2017

Michaelmas Term 2016

Easter Term 2016

Lent Term 2016

Michaelmas Term

Easter Term 2015

Lent Term 2015

Michaelmas Term 2014

Easter Term 2014

Lent Term 2014

Michaelmas Term 2013

Easter Term 2013

Lent Term 2013

Michaelmas Term 2012

Easter Term 2012

Lent Term 2012

Michaelmas Term 2011

The Faculty is currently accepting applications for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship match funding by the Isaac Newton Trust. Deadline: 12 pm (noon) on Thursday 2 January 2020.


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