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.
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:
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.
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
Assessing and recording condition
Civic Voice have produced film showing you how to survey the condition of your 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.