1949 Handbook for the New Civil Servant
I am hugely grateful to the IfG’s Tim Durrant for letting me publish a copy of his civil servant father’s 1949 induction handbook. Astonishingly (or maybe not), a very high proportion of it could just as well have been written in 2018. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite.
This first excerpt is equally valid today, I think, except for the unfortunate reminder that the post-war civil service was very male dominated:-
This is definitely good advice:-
Most of these attributes are equally important today, although I fear they seldom feature in annual reports:-
And here is a reminder that women’s equality was some way in the future:-
Follow this link to read the whole handbook – It’s only 21 pages.
The Understanding the Civil Service online library contains a large number of other interesting documents.