British South Africa Conference Commitee

Scope and Content

The files include outline proposals, minutes of meetings, and correspondence concerning the administration of the conferences.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British South-Africa Committee had its origins in an approach made by Mrs Eleanor Lewin in 1990 to Bernard Crick, and the initial help of the former British South Africa Policy Studies Trust of which she was director. The conferences, of which Bernard Crick was Chairman of the British steering group committee, had meetings in 1991 in Cambridge, UK and in 1992 in Durban, South Africa. The meetings included 100 leading opinion-makers from both countries from major interests in politics, local admin, business, media, churches, journalism, trade unions and HE and FE representatives, and civil servants. The object was to discuss for 2 or 3 days matters of mutual importance between the two countries. A third conference was planned in 1993 at Jesus College, Cambridge but did not take place. The chairman of the South African steering group committee was Dr Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert.


The files were labelled, and were in good order. They have been arranged chronologically as they were in no particular order in the filing cabinets and boxes.