IP at 40: In Conversation with Lord Chris Smith

by Alice Oates

We have now reached the end of our IP at 40 series. Thank you to everyone who took part and shared their memories of international Programmes with us. We look forward to many more years of welcoming international students to Pembroke. Remember that you can see all the videos in the series on our Youtube page.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of International Programmes (IP) at Pembroke, we are doing a series of profiles in 2017 on former students and staff who were involved with IP and the effect this experience had on them or on Pembroke. Lord Chris Smith, Baron of Finsbury, is the current Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. In this video he discusses the importance of International Programmes in Pembroke.

Lord Chris Smith, an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke since 2004, took a double first in English at Pembroke and was President of the Union Society. After a year at Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar he worked in housing in the London Borough of Islington, and was Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury from 1983 to 2005. As Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 1997 to 2001 Chris Smith was responsible for the reintroduction of free admission to Britain’s museums and galleries. In 2005 he was created a life peer and admitted to the House of Lords, where he sits as an independent peer. Among his other contributions to public life he is Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust and Chairman of the Art Fund.