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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.

Year Five Pupils from Thornton Primary School standing in front of the Thornton War Memorial
Year Five Pupils from Thornton Primary stand next to the War Memorial they have helped to list.

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!

I had no idea before what (the memorial) was even though you can see it standing so high from the road. Now when I walk past I will always look and think about what it means. It feels really good to think that our school (and me) will have helped to make sure the men on the memorial are never forgotten and it is protected for everyone in the future

Pupil from Thornton Primary School, Bradford

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.

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