Papers of Sir Hilton Poynton

Scope and Content

  • Text of farewell speech at Colonial Office party, 1966
  • Notes on connection with commodities work at the Colonial Office, 1966
  • Papers and administrative arrangements for the Oxford symposium on thetransfer of power in tropical Africa, 1978
  • Text of an article by Poynton on race relations, with associatedcorrespondence, 1968
  • Corespondence concerning a Dictionary of National Biography article onAndrew Cohen, 1972
  • Various Government publications on the organisation of the ColonialService, 1936-1965
  • Minutes and papers of the Conservative Commonwealth and Overseas Council,1969-1970

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir (Arthur) Hilton Poynton (1905-1996) was educated at Marlborough College andat Brasenose College, Oxford, entering the Civil Service at the Department ofScientific and Industrial Research, 1927. In 1929 he transferred to the ColonialOffice as Assistant Principal. He became Private Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Minister ofProduction, 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 andTropical 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 ofRoman 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 andone daughter.

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Related Material

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