Ward, Reginald George (b 1924)

Scope and Content

Papers of Labour politician and activist Reg Ward, including: Campaign materials for various elections. Includes the Margate Municipal Elections, the Thanet District Council Elections, other local elections, the Kent County Council Elections, and National and European Elections, 1946-2007; various published materials, including materials published by the Labour Party, pamphlets and newspaper clippings, 1930-2011; various internal papers and reports of the local Labour Party, including the Kent County Labour Party, Isle of Thanet Divisional Labour Party and the Margate Labour Party, 1951-1998; Correspondence between Reg Ward and others regarding political issues, 1949-1997; personal ephemera, 1952-2009.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reginald George (Reg) Ward was born in Thanet in 1924 and was by trade a plumber. He had a long and distinguished career in local government, serving on the former Margate Borough Council for nearly 25 years and leading the Labour Group for much of that period. He was also member of Thanet District Council and was a Kent county councillor in the 1970s. In 1972, in recognition of his services, he was made a Freeman of the Borough of Margate. He also served as a governor of many Thanet schools and as Chairman of the Quarterdeck Youth Club. He stood unsucessfully as Parliamentary candidate for Canterbury in 1955 and Ashford in 1959. He has represented the Labour Party at regional and national conferences and lectured for the Party at a number of schools. He was Chairman of the Kent Labour Party and the Thanet West CLP, and a member of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society (later SE Retail CWS)


The WARD Archives is divided into the following five sections:

  • WARD/1: Campaign Materials
  • WARD/2: Publication
  • WARD/3: Internal Papers and Reports
  • WARD/4: Correspondence
  • WARD/5: Personal Ephemera

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited with Bishopsgate Library by Reg Ward's son, Rod Ward, on 3 March 2012.

Other Finding Aids

Adlib catalogue and handlist available in researcher's area.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Grace Biggins

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