Looking After War Memorials
This page covers:
Conserving war memorials
For detailed and comprehensive advice on conserving and repairing war memorials, including how to carry out condition surveys, specify works, carry out maintenance and prevent theft, please see:
Conserving war memorial landscapes
Advice on conserving and managing war memorial landscapes has been developed in partnership with War Memorials Trust, the Garden History Society and Historic Scotland.
Assessing and recording condition
Civic Voice have produced a film showing you how to survey the condition of your war memorial:
Cleaning war memorials
Sensitive removal of disfiguring and damaging soiling and biological growth is an essential part of maintaining war memorials.
For guidance and best practice, please see:
Conserving incised inscriptions
Inscriptions are fundamental to the purpose and significance of a war memorial. Given the age of most memorials, perfect preservation of their inscriptions is unlikely, but legibility nevertheless remains a critical consideration when assessing the overall condition of a memorial and establishing the need for any intervention.
You can find out more about conserving incised inscriptions on stone war memorials by watching videos on the following subjects:
- Condition and legibility
Structural issues and repairs
Understanding if there are structural issues and the causes of them is fundamental. For guidance and best practice about identifying and diagnosing these and the options for addressing them, please see:
Conserving bronze elements
Bronze elements are subject to soiling, deterioration and even loss.
Read the case studies on surface treatment and replacement of missing bronze elements.
Funding conservation of war memorials
There are a number of different sources of funding for war memorials, particularly during these centenary years of the First World War. These may include bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and your local authority.
For comprehensive information on funding conservation work for war memorials, visit the Grants section of War Memorials Trust website.