It is estimated that there are 100,000 war memorials throughout the UK taking many different forms, such as obelisks, crosses, rolls of honour, lychgates, community buildings and playing fields. Throughout the centenary we would like to ensure that they are a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. Over the next four years we will be helping volunteers throughout England to record the condition of their local war memorials and take steps to ensure they are conserved and protected for the future.
Volunteer involvement in the project is vital. Civic Voice, in partnership with Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust, is asking for volunteers to carry out condition surveys of their local war memorials. This will provide an overall picture of the condition of memorials throughout England and enable funding to be directed to those in need of conservation. Volunteers will also be encouraged to apply to have their local memorials listed, giving them protection for the future. A series of free workshops is being organised to provide volunteers with all the necessary training, and ongoing support will be provided by Civic Voice and the War Memorials Trust.
A free workshop has been organised at the Wesley Memorial Chapel in Oxford on Tuesday April 28th. It will provide volunteers with the opportunity to discuss the project and find out how to identify and record the condition of their local war memorials. From the workshop volunteers will gain:
• Background information about the project
• Training to undertake a condition survey.
• Training on how to record survey results on the War Memorials Online website
• The chance to ask questions
• A resource pack containing all the necessary information to get you started.
Reserve your place at the workshop by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/war-memorial-condition-survey-workshop-oxford-tickets-15556143845