School Children Help to List Bradford War Memorial
Thornton Primary school in Bradford has become the first school in Yorkshire to successfully help list their local war memorial! The children were very surprised to learn that their memorial was not listed and decided to apply to Historic England, to ensure its protection for the future.
To mark the centenary of the First World War we have pledged to protect 2,500 war memorials by 2018. We are encouraging young people to get involved through our ‘Heritage Schools’ programme which helps schools to develop an understanding of their local heritage and its significance. As part of this project, children were invited to put their local war memorials forward for listing.
Year Five pupils from Thornton Primary School visited their local war memorial. With our help they carried out a condition survey. The children took photographs and made detailed notes on the setting and design of the memorial. Back in the classroom they researched its history and the names of the soldiers. This led to children discovering local family connections to the soldiers!
Several Bradford schools have been involved in this highly successful national programme. For teaching resources on how to carry out a condition survey of your local war memorial with schoolchildren, visit the Heritage Explorer website.
Find out how you can help to get a memorial listed or repaired.