Help Look After War Memorials
Now that the last veterans of the 1914-18 conflict have died, it's up to our generation to keep the memories fresh. To protect war memorials for the future Historic England has joined up with Civic Voice, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and War Memorials Trust.
Together we're working with the public on a programme of memorial recording, conservation and listing.
How to get involved
- Apply for funding to conserve a memorial
- Protect a war memorial by getting it listed
- Attend a workshop on how to care for your local memorial
- Research and record a memorial
- Download an education pack
- Get specialist advice on memorial conservation
- Events sharing the stories of the First World War Memorials Programme
Apply for funding to conserve a memorial
Many war memorials are now over 100 years old. They may need some extra care to fight the effects of ageing, weathering or even deliberate damage.
You can apply for a grant to conserve and protect your local war memorial. These grants are administered by War Memorials Trust.
Protect a war memorial by getting it listed
Only a tiny fraction of our war memorials are currently listed. Historic England is aiming to list 2,500 more over the First World War centenary period 2014-18.
If your war memorial is already listed, it will appear on the National Heritage List for England. If it isn't, and you think it should be protected by listing, you can apply to list your war memorial.
Gallery of memorials now protected by listing
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Attend a workshop on how to care for your local memorial
Civic Voice is running workshops to help communities protect and get involved in the care of their local memorials. Why not attend a war memorial workshop to find out more? You can also sign up to their War Memorial News for regular updates.
Research and record a memorial
The first thing to do is to check that a good public record of your memorial exists.
- The IWM War Memorials Register is the national repository for historic information about our war memorials and is a good place to start your research. You can send any new information that you uncover in your research to firstname.lastname@example.org to help improve the register.
- You can also provide up-to-date information on the condition of war memorials on War Memorials Online. War Memorials Trust can use this information to encourage conservation and repair work to war memorials
- You can report a concern about the condition of a war memorial on War Memorials Online.
- For urgent concerns about a memorial's condition email email@example.com or call 020 7233 7356
Download an education pack
Teachers and educators, why not survey the condition of a local memorial with your students to show them how they can get involved? You can also download a range of teaching resources from War Memorials Trust.
Get specialist advice on how to conserve a memorial
Historic England works with War Memorials Trust to improve war memorial conservation skills amongst professionals. If you're a heritage professional working with war memorials and landscapes, please refer to Historic England's practical advice on how to protect, conserve and maintain memorials. Advice is also available from War Memorials Trust.
First World War Memorials Programme
The First World War Memorials Programme is a centenary project funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This programme sees Historic England working in partnership with Civic Voice, IWM and War Memorials Trust. Together with the public we are undertaking a programme of recording, research, conservation and listing that ensures war memorials across Britain are protected and the people they commemorate are remembered.
Sharing the stories of the First World War Memorials Programme
There will be a series of free events across England to hear from volunteers and others about how communities have been commemorating the First World War. You will also have the chance to hear speakers from Civic Voice, Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust. We hope you will be inspired to go back to your own community to identify and record the condition of your own memorials as the nation remembers the fallen 100 years on.
The centenary is a chance to understand more about the First World War, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today and a series of events will be organised so we can “hear the stories” and review the past few years to see “how communities have remembered the fallen”.
Attend a free event near to you in:
- Stockport, 7 February 2018
- Coventry, 19 March 2018
- Chelmsford, 24 April 2018
- Canterbury, 16 May 2018
- Winchester, 1 June 2018
- Newcastle, 6 June 2018
- Derby, 1 August 2018
- Wakefield, 20 September 2018
If you have yet to engage in the commemoration, please do attend these events as it will be your chance to see how others, in the final year of the centenary are remembering the former members of their community.
After the event, you too can make a difference by making sure your local war memorial is protected for future generations by getting it listed and added to War Memorials Online.
War Memorials Gallery
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Also of interest...
Historic England is committed to doubling the number of war memorials that are protected by listing over the centenary period 2014-2018.