'End of Empire' transcripts

Scope and Content

Xerox copies of transcripts of filmed interviews with contributors, 1985,including material not present in the edited versions, but not includingtranscripts relating to the loss of Aden; related papers, including'research interviews' relating to Malaya, shotlists (itemised lists of footage) and press releases, 1985.

Administrative / Biographical History

End of Empire was a series of 14 programmes transmitted on Channel Four,15th April-15th July 1985, which used a series of interviews to chart theevents leading to Great Britain's withdrawal from an imperial role inAfrica, Asia and the Middle East.


The material is arranged alphabetically by country rather than in originalorder of broadcast, then alphabetically by name of interviewee.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 579 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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


Passages from the interviews were used in Last post. the end of empire in the Far East by John Keay (London, John Murray, 1997; [New York], Scribner, 1997).