EDITOR – Unlike most of the historic buildings and other structures which surround us, our war memorials were built in an extremely short timescale – most in the seven years after 1918.
Moreover, in terms of sheer numbers (possibly around 60,000) they far outstripped anything that had gone before.
All buildings suffer erosion and other ravages of time, but our war memorials have done so largely at a similar rate over the last 90 years – and it is starting to show.
Whilst it is true that many have been cleaned and indeed undergone further restoration, many remain in dire need of both cosmetic and structural attention if they are not to crumble away forever.
As a nation we have never before been confronted with a restoration issue on this scale and some new thinking is called for.
The outrage expressed at recent abuses of war memorials would indicate that we care – but do we care enough to pay for the creation of a National War Memorial Restoration Fund?
This would be Government (i.e. taxpayers) money made available now to invest, where necessary, in these fine structures which form a unique part of our built heritage.
In November 2018 we will mark the Centenary of the Armistice in many ways, but it would be fitting to do so against a backdrop of clean, presentable, safe and readable war memorials across the land.
Visit clean2018.moonfruit.com for more details.
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