New website on all UK war memorials launched
An ambitious four-year programme to create ukwarmemorials.org, a one stop shop for information on all UK war memorials along with where to go for advice and funding has been launched by First World War Minister, Helen Grant, this week.
Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from the fines paid by banks that attempted to manipulate the LIBOR, the initiative draws resources together from across the UK.
The website will allow easy access to what specialist organisations know about war memorials and tap into expert advice on how best to look after them. This includes how to get grants for conservation and how to get memorials listed. DCMS has suggested the project will expand in stages over the next four years so that by the end of the project ukwarmemorials.org will be easily searchable, helping people track down historical information, listed status, condition and inscribed names.
The website will eventually cover war memorials commemorating all modern conflicts up to and including Afghanistan.
The project forms part of a partnership between English Heritage, Civic Voice [Alliance member], Imperial War Museums, and the War Memorials Trust [Alliance member], to help communities discover, care and conserve their Local First World War Memorials.
For more information see the new dedicated website www.ukwarmemorials.org or the First World War Centenary page https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/first-world-war-centenary