Duke of Cambridge to Open Mayhew Theatre at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO OPEN THE MAYHEW THEATRE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY

London

Monday 4th March, 2019

The Duke of Cambridge will visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to open the Mayhew Theatre, a new state-of-the-art learning facility in the Diplomatic Academy building.

The Mayhew Theatre is an innovative new space for learning and development built in a previously unused courtyard within the FCO. The state-of-the-art technology within the theatre allows staff to join sessions virtually from across the world, and will be used to support the delivery of the Diplomatic Academy curriculums.

Opened in February 2015, the Diplomatic Academy is a centre of excellence, helping FCO staff to become part of the best diplomatic service in the world. The academy brings together knowledge and expertise across the FCO and other Whitehall departments with international responsibilities. The materials produced by the Academy reflect the requirements of modern diplomacy, covering topics such as International Policy, Security Defence & Intelligence, Economics, and Languages, amongst others. The new theatre will allow the Academy to improve their learning culture by bringing larger groups of people together, both physically and virtually, to share knowledge, expertise and skills.

The new facility is named after Lady Cicely Mayhew, one of the first women to be appointed to the British Diplomatic Service. Three of her four children will be in attendance during His Royal Highness’s visit to open the facility.

During the engagement, The Duke will have the opportunity to meet the Foreign Secretary, the Mayhew family as well as FCO staff from the Diplomatic Academy who have been involved in the delivery of the new learning space and those who have already benefitted from sessions within the facility.

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