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Looking After War Memorials

This page is aimed at anyone who manages or cares for a war memorial or a memorial garden. It provides practical advice to help you conserve, protect and maintain these unique monuments that stand at the heart of almost every community.

Six images showing different types of war memorial
Different types of war memorial

Conserving war memorials

For detailed and comprehensive advice on conserving and repairing war memorials, including how to carry out condition surveys, specify works, carry out maintenance and prevent theft, please see:

The Conservation, Repair and Management of War Memorials

The Conservation, Repair and Management of War Memorials

Published 11 June 2015

Guidance and best practice on the understanding, assessment, planning and implementation of conservation work to war memorials as well as their ongoing maintenance and protection.

This guidance - produced with the War Memorials Trust - is intended for anyone interested in or responsible for the care of war memorials.

Conserving war memorial landscapes

Advice on conserving and managing war memorial landscapes has been developed in partnership with War Memorials Trust, the Garden History Society and Historic Scotland.

Conservation and Management of War Memorial Landscapes

Conservation and Management of War Memorial Landscapes

Published 27 January 2016

The aim of this updated guidance provides an overview of how to plan projects. It aims to address queries often raised by volunteers, and draws on the experience of public parks and garden restoration projects.

You can also find out about some specific aspects of war memorial conservation:

Conserving incised inscriptions

Inscriptions are fundamental to the purpose and significance of a war memorial. Given the age of most memorials, perfect preservation of their inscriptions is unlikely, but legibility nevertheless remains a critical consideration when assessing the overall condition of a memorial and establishing the need for any intervention.

You can find out more about conserving incised inscriptions on stone war memorials by watching videos on the following subjects:

  • Condition & Legibility
  • Inpainting
  • Gilding
  • Recutting
  • Replacement

Watch videos on conserving incised inscriptions on stone war memorials

Assessing and recording condition

Civic Voice have produced film showing you how to survey the condition of your war memorial:

Civic Voice’s film on surveying the condition of a war memorial

Funding conservation of war memorials

There are a number of different sources of funding for war memorials, particularly during these centenary years of the First World War. These may include bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and your local authority.

For comprehensive information on funding conservation work for war memorials, visit the Grants section of War Memorials Trust's website.

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