25 April 2016

People in Sheffield are being urged to play a part in conserving and protecting their local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

The programme aims to inspire local communities across the country to survey and conserve their local war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War, in 2018, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and ‘fitting tributes to the fallen’.

With the help of Civic Voice, one of the four partner organisations running the programme, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Civic Trust are working together with volunteers across the city to record the condition of all war memorials.

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey. And people are being asked to attend two workshops in Sheffield on May 5 and May 11 to find out more.

Gleadless & Hollinsend War Memorial
Gleadless & Hollinsend War Memorial

With around 350 known war memorials in Sheffield there is no better time to make sure the tributes in the city are ‘fit for heroes’.

Judi Siddall, war memorials officer at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are holding workshops throughout Sheffield to introduce the project and train volunteers on how to record the condition of war memorials. We would like as many people as possible to come along.”

Paul Bedwell, membership officer of Sheffield Civic Trust said: “If people from every area of the city were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be that all of the county’s memorials could be in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place.”

Wadsley Bridge war memorial
Wadsley Bridge war memorial

If you would like to attend a workshop, reserve your free place by visiting http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/get-involved/events or contact info@civicvoice.org.uk


About Civic Voice

Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. Our mission is to develop a society where everyone can say “I care about where I live”. We promote civic pride through our network of over 75,000 individual members.

About First World War Memorial Programme

The nationwide programme, run jointly by Civic Voice, Historic England, Imperial War Museum and War Memorials Trust, plans to record the condition of 20,000 memorials in England over the next three years.


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