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War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials within the UK to ensure they remain part of our communities forever. War memorials commemorate our shared past, an important part of our national culture.

War Memorials Trust seeks to cooperate with other organisations, at both national and local level, to better safeguard the future of war memorials in both their social and historical context. Please note that the Trust is unable to provide advice or funding towards war graves.

War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity and as such is dependent on voluntary income.

Conservation

The Trust has a dedicated Conservation Team that can provide free advice on any memorial issue or technical conservation enquiry. This service is available to anyone with a memorial enquiry. The Conservation Team can also advise on maintenance works and how to prevent theft. The Trust’s website has extensive information on conservation and repair and helpsheets on most general and technical memorial issues: www.warmemorials.org/conservation-advice.

Grants

War Memorials Trust administers grant schemes which cover the whole of the UK. Grants are for conservation and repair of war memorials and all grant schemes are open to anyone to apply; individuals or organisations, including councils. Information on grants, eligibility and how to apply are available on the Trust’s website: www.warmemorials.org/grants. The first stage of any funding enquiry is to complete a ‘Grants Pre-application Form’, and this can be downloaded from the website. Please note that the Trust cannot provide funding retrospectively under any circumstances.

Projects

The Trust is involved in a number of projects which may be of assistance to those interested in, or custodians of, war memorials:

Learning

Launched in August 2011, War Memorials Trust’s youth focused Learning Programme works to educate today’s young people, the war memorial custodians of tomorrow, about the signifi­cance of war memorials.

By investigating the stories of those commemorated and discovering the fascinating history of local war memorials, we hope young people in schools, and those involved in Cadets, Scouting, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and youth groups, will be inspired to continue to preserve our war memorial heritage. More information is available on the Learning Programme website: www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org.

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War Memorials Online

The War Memorials Trust has launched the website War Memorials Online, a project they have developed with a grant from English Heritage. It aims to bring together for the first time information on the UK’s war memorials. The public is invited to upload images and log concerns over conservation of war memorials and they hope it will be an important tool in involving greater public engagement. www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk