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The Papers of Lord Gardiner

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GARD

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects Lord Gardiner's involvement and interest in law reform and the justice system. There are many Law Commission reports as well as other printed papers. There is correspondence about rehabilitation of offenders, laws and acts, as well as source material for reports. The texts of a number of articles and speeches given by Lord Gardiner are here, including those during his time as Lord Chancellor. Official and press photographs are also included.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Lord Gardiner was born 30 May 1900, the son of Sir Robert Gardiner. In 1925 he married Lesly Trounson (died 1966) they had one daughter. In 1970 he married Mrs Muriel Box. Lord Gardiner died 7 January 1990. Lord Gardiner joined the Coldstream Guards in 1918. He was called to the Bar in 1925 and was made King's Counsel in 1948. He served in the Friends Ambulance Unit, 1943-45. Lord Gardiner played an active role in various reform movements and held numerous professional positions. He was a member of the Committee on Supreme Court Practice and Procedure, 1947-53, and a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Law Reform Committee, 1952-63. He was a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple in 1955, Chairman of the General Council of the Bar in 1958 and 1959. He was a member of the International Commission of Jurists in 1971– He was Joint Chairman of the National Campaign for Abolition of Capital Punishment. He was an Alderman of London County Council, 1961-63. Lord Gardiner was created a life peer in 1963 and was Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, 1964-70. His publications included "Capital Punishment as a Deterrent" (pub. 1956; joint editor) and "Law Reform Now" (pub. 1963).


20 archive box(es) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

This collection has been box listed. This list is available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lord Gardiner's papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre, in 1990 and 1996, by his wife Lady Gardiner and his daughter.

Related Materials

In the British Library Manuscripts Collection: Gardiner's correspondence and papers relating to campaign for the abolition of capital punishment 1964-70, Reference : Add MSS 56455-63.


"Rebel advocate: a biography of Gerald Gardiner" by Muriel Box (Lady Gardiner) published by Gollancz, 1983. There is a copy in box 9.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2003. Information was obtained from Lord Gardiner's entry in Who Was Who (A&C Black) and from the papers themselves.


Gardiner, Gerald Austin, 1900-1990, Baron Gardiner of Kittisford, Lord Chancellor

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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