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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Quinlan
QUINLAN, Sir Michael (Edward) (1930-2009)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
33 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Quinland | Michael Edward | 1930-2009 | Knight, civil servant

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1930; educated at Wimbledon College and Merton College, Oxford; served in RAF, 1952-1954; Assistant Principal, Air Ministry, 1954; Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Air, 1956-1958; Principal, Air Ministry, 1958; Private Secretary to Chief of Air Staff, 1962-1965; Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1968; Defence Counsellor, UK Delegation to NATO, 1970-1973; Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office, 1974-1977; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, 1977-1981; Deputy Secretary, HM Treasury, 1981-1982; Permanent Secretary, Department of Employment, 1983-1988; Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, 1988-1992; Director of the Ditchley Foundation, 1992-1999; Chairman, the Tablet Trust, publisher of the Catholic review The Tablet, 2001-2009.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Quinlan in 1993, and bequeathed by Quinlan, 2009-2010.  Additional correspondence was transferred from the IISS, 2011.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence, articles, texts for speeches, notes and background information relating to defence issues, particularly nuclear deterrence, in an ethical and theological context.  Specific topics include:Iran's nuclear programme, 2005-2006; Iraq; background information, 1960s-1970s on intermediate range nuclear missiles; nuclear issues in South Asia, 1998-2008.

Correspondence, 1976-1998, used in Tanya Ogilvie-White (editor) On nuclear deterrence: the correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan (London, Adelphi Books, 2011), transferred from the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  Correspondents are civil servants, politicians, theologians, campaigners and academics, including: General Sir Hugh Beach, Rev Robert Beresford, T F Burns, Sir Frank Cooper, Leonard Cheshire, Lawrence Freedman, David Fisher, John Finnis, Cardinal Basil Hume, Sir Arthur Hockaday, Rev Jack Mahoney, Gerald Mahon, Dan Martin, Lawrence Martin, Richard Perle, Walter Stein and Francis Winters. 



System of arrangement

The files are held in three separate series.  The original file arrangement has been retained.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Some files include personal data and are CLOSED.  Any reader wishing to access these must complete a Special Undertaking form.  Requests for access to the files must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Head of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide.

File lists available for consultation in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The LHCMA also holds the papers of Sir Frank Cooper  and the Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament.



Compiled Feb 1997, updated June 2015.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Alliances
  • Defence
  • Foreign relations
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Nuclear warfare
  • State security
  • Warfare

Corporate names

  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization


  • London, England
  • Windsor, Berkshire, England

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