15 July 2019. "Pensions in the Post Office: The debates and constraints of the 19th century civil service pensions" was the title of a talk given by Dr Kathleen Mcilvenna of University of Derby at London Metropolitan Archives.
Based on her PhD thesis the talk revealed the impact these early occupational pensions had on the lives of letter carriers, clerks and telegraphists. It asked how important these pensions became for postal workers and their families when the payments could be little more than what was received from the Poor Law. It examined how this type of occupational pension started to redefine the expectations of the clerking classes in other industries. A copy of the thesis can be read online at: