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.
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.
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.
The Trust is involved in a number of projects which may be of assistance to those interested in, or custodians of, war memorials:
- Memoriam 2014 is a partnership between the SmartWater Foundation and War Memorials Trust. In Memoriam 2014 protects memorials at risk of theft or damage by marking them with a forensic liquid called SmartWater. The crime prevention fluid, which is being made available at no charge, will not only make memorials uniquely identifiable, it also offers robust traceability should a theft occur. This will act as a significant deterrent to those considering desecrating our war memorials by massively increasing their chances of detection and subsequent arrest. Further information and registration are available on the website: www.inmemoriam2014.org.
- War Memorials Online is run by War Memorials Trust and supported by English Heritage. Working with the public, it is the ambition of War Memorials Online to create the UK’s most comprehensive understanding of war memorials. Members of the public can browse current records and upload their own content, photos and condition reports to help create a complete picture of the condition of all war memorials across the country. For further information please visit the website: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk.
- War Memorials Officers. In November 2010 War Memorials Trust approached local authorities across the UK to ask if they had a War Memorials Officer. A War Memorials Officer is the single, or main, point of contact at the council who deals with war memorial issues. They are rarely called 'War Memorials Officer' within the local authority structure as war memorials are just one part of their job, but War Memorials Trust uses the phrase to identify the person who deals with war memorials. Details of your local War Memorials Officer can be found on the Trust’s website: www.warmemorials.org/wmo.
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.
- War Memorials Trust, 2nd Floor, 42a Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0RE
- Conservation: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7233 7356
- Grants: email@example.com, 020 7233 7356
- Charity: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7834 0200 / 0300 123 0764
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
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