Holding back the years

Market Rasen Memorial EMN-140723-064832001
Market Rasen Memorial EMN-140723-064832001
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Local people are uniting to defend Lincolnshire’s war memorials from the ravages of time, thanks to training from conservation experts.

Specialists from the War Memorials Trust and the Diocese of Lincoln are to help communities care for the monuments - ensuring they continue to stand for generations to come.

They will give practical advice on a range of issues at a free event being held on Wednesday, July 30, at The Collection in Lincoln, as part of the county council-led Lincolnshire Remembrance project.

Frances Moreton, director War Memorials Trust, said: “War Memorials Trust recognises the vital role that local communities have in looking after their own war memorials.

“The names of those living in communities today are often the same as those found on our memorials creating a tangible link to the past.

“The charity is delighted to be supporting this event and working with people in Lincolnshire to ensure war memorials are protected and conserved for future generations.”

Subjects covered at the event include custodianship, cleaning, applying for grants, the various threats to memorials and how to defend against them.

Experts on stone and stained-glass will also be on hand.

“We know that many communities already look after their war memorials extremely well. But these monuments face attack from a range of sources, such as wind, rain, temperature, pollution, shrubbery and, sadly, vandalism. We hope our event will help people understand how to properly care for memorials - without doing further damage and before it’s too late,” said Cath Pike, war memorial officer for the Lincolnshire Remembrance project.

It is estimated there are 3,000 war memorials in Lincolnshire, including North and North East Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Remembrance project is working with volunteers to record and research them all.

The details will be put into a new, searchable online database and interactive map of every war memorial in Lincolnshire.

This list of locations, state of repair, names and stories of sacrifice will be there for all to see, a new kind of memorial for the 21st century - and beyond.

The War Memorials Conservation event takes place from 10am until 3.30pm, with lunch provided.

To attend, or to volunteer with the Lincolnshire Remembrance project, contact Cath Pike at warmemorials@lincolnshire.gov.uk or 01522 554959.

For more information about Lincolnshire Remembrance, visit www.lincstothepast.com/warmemorials.