Help Find England’s Secret, Unknown or Forgotten Memorials
England is full of secret, unknown and forgotten memorials from the heroic and sad, to the quirky, inspirational and challenging. They are often poignant reminders of well-loved lives, lost.
Hidden on our streets are murals, shrines, statues and commemorative benches. Can you help us find them?
How you can help
There are imposing monuments to the grand and famous all over the country. But we're seeking photographs and information about England's lesser-known memorials, or those that are well-loved by local communities but unknown nationally.
We also want to know about rituals and activities attached to memorials to keep their stories alive. Each year, flowers are left at the Alan Turing statue in Manchester on his birthday, and there is annual service on the pavement beneath Oliver Cromwell statue in Westminster. Do you know of others?
The best stories and pictures we receive will be included in our 'Immortalised' exhibition in the autumn. Some of the community memorials you tell us about may also be considered for listing, to protect and champion what's special about them.
Our hunt is part of the 'Immortalised' Season that will help people explore the country's memorial landscape - who is remembered, who is missing, and why. It will include events, an exhibition, a debate and a design competition.
'Revere or Remove? The Battle Over Statues, Heritage and History'
Monday 14 May 2018, 7pm, Emmanuel Centre, London
To discuss this and examine the broader cultural conflict beneath, we are partnering with Intelligence Squared to bring together a stellar panel including historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, historian and author Peter Frankopan and the journalist and author Afua Hirsch. The debate will be chaired by Guardian columnist, broadcaster and author, Jonathan Freedland.
3-17 September 2018, The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High St, Lambeth, London SE1 7AG
The exhibition will explore how people are commemorated; responding to the well-documented lack of women, working people and people of colour in England's collection of statues.
Memorials Image Gallery
Please click on the gallery images to enlarge.
Historic England asks how people are memorialised and asks for help in finding the secret, forgotten or unknown memorials around the country
Also of interest...
Many LGBTQ people have been commemorated across England’s landscape, but not all monuments acknowledge their gender or sexual orientation.