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War Memorials Online
War Memorials Online brings together for the first time information on the UK’s war memorials held by the leading experts, providing a snapshot of war memorials across the country. It will also provide an unprecedented opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for the conservation of these important community and historical sources for future generations.
The website, www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk, will officially launch on 11th November 2012 with a public call to action. People will be invited to check and upload war memorial locations, submit photos, assess condition and share other sources of information available on their local war memorials.
War Memorials Online seeks to create a complete picture of war memorials across the country. But it needs the public to help to ensure there are records for all of the UK’s war memorials and condition reports to ensure at risk memorials can be found before it is too late to save them. Anyone and everyone can get involved in discovering and registering war memorials for future generations.
War Memorials Online is a unique collaboration between War Memorials Trust, IWM’s War Memorials Archive, English Heritage and members of the public. Together we can create the UK’s most comprehensive understanding of war memorials to date. The content will help plan for the future conservation of war memorials and record the important history each memorial contains and represents.
Frances Moreton, Director War Memorials Trust said: “For War Memorials Trust this project is vital as improved information will provide the charity with a better understanding of the war memorials it is seeking to protect. The condition information will help identify current and future demand for advice and grants while public engagement will reduce the threats to, and encourage the preservation of, the nation’s war memorials.”
Mark Whitmore, Director of Collections and Research, IWM said: “IWM is pleased to partner War Memorials Online as this project will assist us in our work of compiling the UK’s most comprehensive, freely accessible register of war memorials and the names commemorated on them. Working with the help of the public we will be able to add to our archive of memorials and provide detailed information on the wealth of history they contain.”
Simon Thurley, Chief Executive English Heritage said: “War Memorials Online will be a major addition to the 1914 centenary in two years’ time. War memorials record the history of ordinary – and often extraordinary - individuals so what could be more appropriate than a project which enables anyone and everyone to share and contribute to this history, the history of our nation’s greatest sacrifice. Report damage or disrepair and you’ll be helping to save this crucial aspect of our national heritage - all the more important as World War I recedes from living memory."