Anne Ward – Photograph courtesy of Lambeth Archives.
Testimonial by ROC read at Anne’s Ward Memorial Service, 4 April 2011, St George’s Church. Anne Ward was Archivist at Lambeth Archives and a member of ROC from its inception.
On behalf of all the women who made up the Remembering Olive Collective (ROC), we’d like to express our deep sadness at the passing away of Anne Ward and share a few words in her honour.
As some of you may know, Anne was instrumental in putting together the Olive Morris Collection now deposited at Lambeth Archives.
All of us at ROC have fond and vivid memories of Anne. She was an incredibly generous, encouraging, and positive woman. Always ready to help and humbly share her time and knowledge, Anne trained us all in archiving and cataloguing.
Anne expressed genuine kindness, compassion, and great humour at all times. And she was a very supportive member of the group.
Her dedication to the Do you Remember Olive Morris oral history Project was unwavering, and she was a great source of advice for all aspects of ROC’s archiving work.
Apart from sharing her fabulous wealth of archiving knowledge, Anne also shared with us her own research tracing and recording the oral histories of Irish women – another courageous and important project that she worked on tirelessly.
A feminist by example, Anne was a true inspiration to many of us younger women and we will miss her terribly. It won’t be the same to go to Lambeth Archives without her being there. But her memory lives on and, like we remember Olive Morris, we will always remember her – the ever so cheerful Anne Ward.