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British Ambassador Iain Lindsay at the desk of former Head of Legation in 1956

Insights - 1956 exhibition at the British Embassy

D&T
October 20, 2016

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 popular uprising against the Stalinist regime in Hungary, the British Embassy in Budapest prepared a special exhibition that presents the flow of events from the viewpoint of contemporary British diplomats.

"What we wanted to do here is to lok at the revolution through the eyes of the people who were then here at the Embassy," the British ambassador Iain Lindsay told Diplomacy & Trade.

"We had the memoirs of the head of the Legation, Leslie Fry along with other historical documents. Some members of the staff still alive shared with us their own feelings of what it was like to be here then. We thought it would be a very powerful message and a very appropriate way to celebrate the 60th anniversary," he added.

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