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3 January 2016
The Overseas Service Pensioners' Association (OSPA) was founded in 1960, with the primary object of the protection of the pension arrangements for Overseas Service officers and widows. But the chief interest now is in spreading a better understanding of what the Colonial Service (since 1954 properly called Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service - HMOCS) was, who its members were, what they did, why and how they did it, and to what effect. More generally, what was their life like? This information needs to be out on public record so that people today and in the future can know about and have access to first hand evidence of how the colonial territories were governed and developed in the closing years of Empire, especially after 1945.
A Transcript of the Proceedings of the Conference held on 17 June 2014
1 November 2014
This is the record of the sixth of the later series of Witness Seminars or Conferences held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association. The first four were designed to give OSPA members and other interested people an opportunity to share with an academic and non-academic audience their views and experiences relating to the end of the colonial period and the early stages of independence (the ‘End of Empire’), thus contributing to the overall Colonial Service record. The ‘witnesses’ in the fifth one were mainly people from the former dependent territories who themselves experienced the change from colonial rule to independence. This sixth ‘Conference’ relates to the later post-...
A Transcript of the Proceedings of the Seminar held on 20 May 2013
1 January 2014
This is the record of the fifth of the series of Witness Seminars held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association. The seminars were designed to give OSPA members and other interested people an opportunity to share with an academic and non-academic audience their views and experiences on topics relating to the end of the colonial period and the early stages of independence (the ‘End of Empire’) thus contributing to the overall Colonial Service historical record. This fifth seminar differed from the four earlier ones in that the “witnesses” were not former British colonial officers but were people from the former dependent territories who experienced the change from colonial...
A Transcript of the Proceedings of the Seminar held on 25 October 2012
1 January 2014
This is the record of the seventh of the series of Witness Seminars held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association. The seminars were designed to give OSPA members and other interested people an opportunity to share with an academic and non-academic audience their views and experiences on topics relating to the end of the colonial period and the early stages of independence (the ‘End of Empire’) thus contributing to the overall Colonial Service historical record.

A Transcript of the Proceedings of the Seminar held on 29 March 2012
1 January 2013
This is the record of the third of the series of Witness Seminars held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association. The seminars are designed to give OSPA members and other interested people an opportunity to share with an academic and non-academic audience their views and experiences on topics relating to the end of the colonial period and the early stages of independence (the ‘End of Empire’). The seminar thus contributes to the overall Colonial Service historical record.
A Transcript of the Proceedings of the Seminar held on 29 September 2011
1 January 2013
This is the record of the second of the new series of Witness Seminars held by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association. The seminars are designed to give OSPA members and other interested people an opportunity to share with an academic and non-academic audience their views and experiences on topics relating to the end of the colonial period and the early stages of independence (the ‘End of Empire’). The seminar thus contributes to the overall Colonial Service historical record.

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