War Memorials Trust
 

Conference history 2010-2020

Over the years War Memorials Trust has run conferences and workshops on a range of war memorial issues either independently or with partners. This page summaries some of those events. It includes events held for the Regional Volunteers for the charity from 2002-19 when the role ended with the focus moving to War Memorials Online.

See the conferences page for upcoming event details.

2019-20

As part of its three-year plan for the period 2019-22 following the end of the centenary of World War I the Trust focussed on planning for workshops and conferences.  The emergence of Covid-19 impacted upon plans for events in early 2020 and there had been no events in 2019.

2018

4th September War Memorials: Sharing Success Conference and Workshops, Scotland

On Tuesday 4th September War Memorials Trust and Historic Environment Scotland hosted a war memorial conference at the Engine Shed in Stirling. The event was designed to review World War I centenary activity, share experiences and consider the repair, conservation and maintenance of war memorials after 2018. Two workshops further discussed keys areas of activity - War Memorials Online and an evaluation of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund grant programme. 

Sharing the stories of the First World War Memorials Programme, England

In 2018, the partners in the First World War Memorials Programme came together to present a final set of events bringing together different people who have engaged with war memorials through the First World War centenary. They discussed monitoring war memorials, grants and listing and involved talks from Civic Voice, Historic England, Imperial War Museums, War Memorials Trust and communities who undertook war memorial projects. Civic Voice organised the events with members of War Memorials Trust staff attending each event.Events took place in Stockport, Coventry, Canterbury, Winchester Derby, Wakefield and London thought the first half year. 

Engaging Young People in Heritage

In 2018, War Memorials Trust worked in partnership with Civic Voice, through the First World War Memorials Programme, to deliver six events. These were aimed at adults interested in finding out about the tools available through www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org to engage young people with our war memorial heritage. These half-day sessions discussed resources, planning visits and involved lots of discussion. The events were delivered by the Trust's Learning Officer, alongside volunteers who already visit schools, with helpful hints and feedback based on experience featuring in the presentations.Events took place between 21st February and 1st May in Leeds, Canterbury, London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. 

2017

War Memorials Online workshops 

In 2017 War Memorials Trust held 4 workshops to provide members of the public with an introduction to War Memorials Online, identifying the condition of war memorials and undertaking condition surveys. Workshops took place 22nd - 23rd June in Brecon, Wales; 30th August in Edinburgh, Scotland and 26th September in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The workshops were free for attendees.   

2016

19th – 21st September War memorial workshops in Northern Ireland

In September 2016 War Memorials Trust held 3 workshops in Northern Ireland to highlight available grant funding, best conservation practice and how the charity can assist custodians and communities look after their war memorial heritage. Workshops took place in Derry-Londonderry, Enniskillen and Belfast with a range of attendees. These were free for attendees. 

2015

5th - 7th October War memorial workshops in the Highlands

In October 2015 War Memorials Trust held 3 workshops in the Highlands in association with the Highlands Council to highlight available grant funding, best conservation practice and how the charity can assist custodians and communities look after their war memorial heritage. Workshops took place in Thurso, Inverness and Fort William with a range of attendees. These were free for attendees.  

2014

19th June Conservation and Commemoration: A study day exploring the significance and stewardship of the architectural and memorial legacy of the First World War, London

This was a joint conference hosted by War Memorials Trust, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and ChurchCare. The day long event considered the architectural legacy of the First World War in terms of the impact on existing architecture and on new architecture, with a particular focus on war memorials.  Talks considered the impact on memorialisation in the UK and abroad; the architectural significance and range of war memorials; those memorials found in churches and churchyards; the appropriate conservation of war memorials and the approach of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

16th June Learning how to list war memorials, London 

Event for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on preparing listing applications for war memorials.

12th May Completing comprehensive condition surveys, London

Event for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on how to complete a condition survey

3rd April The Repair and Maintenance of war memorials, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

War Memorials Trust joined Historic Scotland to deliver the 'Repair and Maintenance of war memorial’ seminar. The day long event introduced the principles of conservation and repair techniques for internal and external memorials. Lectures dealt with both general approaches to repair and specific materials such as stone and metal. In addition there were sessions on the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, War Memorials Trust, recording memorials and managing projects as well as an opportunity to visit the National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. 

27th March Conserving and maintaining Welsh war memorial heritage conference, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

War Memorials Trust participated in the 'Conserving and maintaining Welsh war memorial heritage conference' in conjunction with One Voice Wales and Cadw. Other organisations involved included CyMal and Heritage Lottery Fund. The day started with John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport, announcing the new funding scheme, Grants for War Memorials to be administered by Cadw through the centenary as well as details of new advice around the repair and conservation of war memorials produced by Cadw and supported by War Memorials Trust. He was followed by staff from War Memorials Trust talking about managing war memorials, key conservation principles and projects. After lunch Cadw and HLF discussing funding available and War Memorials Trust highlighted some of the key issues to consider when managing a conservation project. Cymal and War Memorials Trust then talked about some of the wider ways of involving communities with war memorials before One Voice Wales concluded by looking at some of the key issues for councils and the work of the organisation. A panel Q&A session completed the activities for the day.

2013

Drop-in sessions

Regional Volunteer drop in sessions were scheduled through the year for RVs to meet the Volunteer Officer to discuss issues in Blackpool, Glasgow, Swansea and Oxford.

Completing comprehensive condition surveys

Events for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on how to complete a condition survey were scheduled for Derby and London.

Learning how to list war memorials

Event for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on preparing listing applications for war memorials. This was held in London.

2012

11th September War Memorials Officers conference, London 

War Memorials Trust delievered a day long conference to War Memorials Officers from local authorities in the UK. The conference was designed to provide advice and information as well as offering an opportunity for networking. Issues on the agenda included recording, maintaining and protecting war memorials as well as sources of funding to assist with war memorial projects.

The conference was be led by War Memorials Trust’s team who were be joined by experts from other organisations to deliver a series of presentations. Alongside the presentations there was be a small exhibition area where attendees were be able to find out more about the charity, projects such as In Memoriam 2014 and other organisations involved with war memorials. Over lunch there was the opportunity to meet War Memorials Trust staff or representatives from other organisations. The event was IHBC accredited.

Completing comprehensive condition surveys

Events for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on how to complete a condition survey were scheduled for York and London.

Learning how to list war memorials

Events for WMT Regional Volunteers focussed on preparing listing applications for war memorials were scheduled for Peterborough and Worcester.  

2011

22nd March Goole: Managing War Memorials conference with SLCC 

War Memorials Trust delievered an SLCC training day on war memorials and issues around managing them both on a day-to-day basis and dealing with grants and repair projects.

This event had a fee and was administered by the SLCC.

2010

Bristol: Thursday 9th September

In Bristol's Armada Conference Centre the Trust hosted a session of the Looking After War Memorials conference. The session was aimed at war memorial custodians or organisations with a local war memorial role. The issues covered included ownership and responsibility issues, conservation issues, funding and help available.

A War Memorial Conservation session scheduled for the afternoon was cancelled due to a lack of interest.

This event was free to attend but a place had to be reserved.

Liverpool: Thursday 10th June

Both conferences were run. Free to attend but a place had to be reserved.

  • Looking After War Memorials: The morning session was aimed at war memorial custodians or organisations with a local war memorial role. The issues covered included ownership and responsibility issues, conservation issues, funding and help available.
  • War Memorial Conservation: The afternoon session was aimed at those who quote for or undertake work on war memorials. The event outlined the Trust's approach to conservation and provided an opportunity to discuss conservation issues. A guest speaker who specialises in letter carving spoke about their work.

Cambridge: Thursday 4th March

In Cambridge's Guildhall the Trust hosted two sessions of the Looking After War Memorials conference. Originally just planned as a morning session the high demand lead to a second event being offered with exactly the same content. The sessions were aimed at war memorial custodians or organisations with a local war memorial role. The issues covered included ownership and responsibility issues, conservation issues, funding and help available.

This event was free to attend but a place had to be reserved.

 

RV Day 2010

The 2010 RV Day was held on Monday 6th September in The Rose Room at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. Staff gave presentations on Trust activities and conservation work, the production of the new Regional Volunteer information packs, plans for the development of the Regional Volunteer role, the War Memorial Officer campaign and assisting the Trust’s Conservation Team. The relocation of war memorials from redundant places of worship, Regional Volunteers giving talks about the charity, listing freestanding war memorials and the Trust’s conservation principles were also discussed. In addition, staff and volunteers attended the Arboretum’s Act of Remembrance which is held every day at 11am in the Millennium Chapel and had the opportunity to explore the numerous memorials at this fabulous site.

 

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