I am about to publish on this site hundreds of UK declassified documents and articles on British foreign policy towards various countries. This will be the first time such a collection has been brought together online.

The declassified documents, mainly from the UK’s National Archives, reveal British policy-makers actual concerns and priorities from the 1940s until the present day, from the ‘horse’s mouth’, as it were: these files are often revelatory and provide an antidote to the often misleading and false mainstream media (and academic) coverage of Britain’s past and present foreign policies.

The documents include my collections of files, accumulated over many years and used as a basis for several books, on episodes such as the UK’s covert war in Yemen in the 1960s, the UK’s support for the Pinochet coup in Chile, the UK’s ‘constitutional coup’ in Guyana, the covert wars in Indonesia in the 1950s, the UK’s backing for wars against the Iraqi Kurds in the 1960s, the coup in Oman in 1970, support for the Idi Amin takeover in Uganda and many other policies since 1945.

But the collection also brings together many other declassified documents by listing dozens of media articles that have been written on the release of declassified files over the years. It also points to some US document releases from the US National Security Archive.

This collection is a beginning. It provides a snapshot only of the true history of British foreign policy since 1945. There are many more tasks that need to be done.

  • One is that many other declassified documents and articles that are online somewhere need to be added, including those from the Thatcher era in the 1980s and those from more recent policies, for example from the Wikileaks site.
  • Another task is to include present-day material gathered from Freedom of Information requests.Eventually, I would like this project to be systematically submitting FOI requests to garner more information about current UK policies (which currently few are doing).
  • Furthermore, there is much more research that needs to be done physically at the National Archives in London to uncover more episodes in UK foreign policy: the media, and mainstream academia, has covered only a snapshot of what is already available at the National Archives.

I have a request to potential funders and voluntary researchers. My aim is to eventually build a fully comprehensive and searchable collection of declassified British documents and articles that shows the reality of the UK’s role in the world, that is useful for everyone, the general public and researchers alike. For this, I am seeking funding and support from those who are interested in this project. I am also seeking volunteers to help me in this further research. Please contact me by email at: [email protected]



  1. markgolding683357650 says:

    Perfect – well done Mark!

  2. Kev says:

    Good man

  3. Mike Daulton - says:

    Excellent – long overdue

  4. Jawad says:

    Mark – You are a legend, On behalf of the voiceless, Thank you

  5. Muscleguy says:

    Looking forward to them. You are doing a sadly necessary job. As someone who grew up in NZ and thus has a different slant on the British Empire and foreign policy than many raised here in the UK will have I’m sure I will them interesting.

  6. Jamila NANA says:

    You are a true patriot…be careful

  7. Nasser Baston says:

    Mark congratulations on what you have achieved so far, and all the best for the future.

  8. Chris says:

    Thank you so much for this. It’s so inspiring.

  9. Oloye Gege says:

    Although I do not know you personally, I also thank you Mark for the ground breaking work you are embarking on. Stay strong in your objective. In service Oloye Gege AEDRMC UK

  10. Youri says:

    excellent! please do another book Mark, I’d love to be enlightened on what the UK did in Northern Ireland, its role in the sacking of Gough Whitlam in Australia which a CIA analyst says the UK was more involved in shaping events then the US, as well as Pakistan and the UK’s role in the Congo before and after Mobutu.

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