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Funding to repair, protect and conserve First World War memorials announced

Posted  2 July 2014 in News  
By Kate Clements
The War Memorial at Thorpe, Surrey. Q 48923

Details of a £5 million fund to conserve and protect war memorials have been revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.

The fund – originally announced by the Prime Minister at the end of last year – will support a range of different projects.

This will include up to £3 million for the War Memorials Trust over the four year period of the First World War Centenary. The funds will boost support for their grant scheme and expand their team of specialist Conservation Officers to deliver this funding.

Imperial War Museums will receive half a million pounds to develop a website to help communities find out where information about war memorials can be found. This ‘one stop shop’ will be delivered by 4 August this year.

By 2018 the site will have developed substantially, to create an authoritative, fully-searchable, and free to access, national register of all recorded First World War memorials in the UK. This will allow people to search by name to find out where their relatives may be commemorated.

English Heritage will receive half a million pounds to provide better protection for war memorials by tripling the number of listed war memorials; and to deliver a larger pool of skilled and trained specialists to repair memorials. They will also develop an education toolkit for schools to allow pupils to research their local memorials.

Civic Voice will be given half a million pounds to create a national network of volunteers over the four year centenary period to help build skills to assess the condition of war memorials and encourage their conservation.

Find out more about the UK Government’s First World War Centenary plans.

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