Bodleian Library logo

Commonwealth and African Studies
Bodleian Library
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Hilton Poynton

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 545
Title: Papers of Sir Hilton Poynton
Dates of Creation: 1936-1978
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir (Arthur) Hilton Poynton (1905-1996) was educated at Marlborough College and at Brasenose College, Oxford, entering the Civil Service at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1927. In 1929 he transferred to the Colonial Office as Assistant Principal. He became Private Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Minister of Production, 1941-1943, reverting to the Colonial Office in 1943. He was Deputy Under-Secretary of State in charge of the Economic Division, 1948-1959, and Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, 1959 to his retirement in 1966.

After his retirement he served as a member of the Governing Body, SPCK, 1967-1972 and as a member of the Court of Governors, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1965-1977. He was also a member of the Conservative Commonwealth and Overseas Council's Policy Study Group dealing with The Future of the Dependent Territories. He was Treasurer, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 1967-1976 and Director, Overseas Branch, St. John Ambulance, 1968-1975. He was awarded the GCMG, 1964 and made a Knight of the Order of St. John, 1968. In 1946 he married Elisabeth Joan Williams, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

Scope and Content

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Lady Poynton through the good offices of Lady Barder on 27th May 1997.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

The library holds a tape and transcript of an interview on Poynton's career in the Civil Service and at the Colonial Office, 1927-1966, with notes on the United Nations and the colonies.

Access Points

Poynton | Arthur Hilton | 1905-1996 | Sir | Knight Civil Servant

Cohen | Andrew | 1909-1968 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Africa | Administration | Congresses

Africa | Politics and government | 1945-1960 | Congresses

Race relations | History | 20th century

Great Britain. Colonial Office | Officials and employees

Great Britain. Colonial Administrative Service

Conservative Commonwealth and Overseas Council


Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
14 May 2015