War Memorials Trust
 

Conference history

In 2009, War Memorials Trust introduced a conference programme targeting war memorial custodians and contractors who work on war memorials. This page details the history of our conferences then where and when events have been held. See the conferences page for upcoming event details.

History

In 2009, War Memorials Trust launched educational conferences aimed at assisting those involved in war memorial conservation. Five conferences were held across the UK in 2009 and 2010 offered free of charge at small venues, normally the morning session was Looking After War Memorials for custodians and the afternoon event War Memorial Conservation for contractors. Looking After War Memorials proved very popular whilst War Memorial Conservation was less succesful. Details of events held are provided on the conference history page.

In 2011, War Memorials Trust went into partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) to deliever the Looking After War Memorials content in an expanded full day format covering a wider range of topics and creating the opportunity for more discussion. These are no longer held due to limited interest.

In 2012, War Memorials Trust held a conference for War Memorials Officers across the UK in London. through 2013 no formal conferences were arranged but staff did presentation and tallks for others. Since then events have often been focussed on specific regions encouraging applications for different areas.

 

22nd - 23rd June 2017 War Memorials Online workshops in Brecon

In June 2017 War Memorials Trust held 2 workshops in Brecon, Wales, to provide members of the public with an introduction to War Memorials Online, identifying the condition of war memorials and undertaking condition surveys. The workshops were free for attendees.  

 

19th – 21st September 2016 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.

 

5th - 7th October 2015 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. 

 

19th June 2014 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 conference 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.

 

3rd April 2014 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 seminar 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 2014 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.

 

11th September 2012 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.

 

22nd March 2011 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.

 

Bristol: Thursday 9th September 2010

Bristol Looking After War Memorials © WMT, 2010In 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 2010

Liverpool Looking After War Memorials conferenceBoth 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 2010

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.

 

Newcastle: Wednesday 2nd December 2009

The second pair of conferences. 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. A guest speaker from Newcastle City Council discussed their approach to war memorial custodianship.
  • 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 has worked on a war memorial project grant funded by the Trust spoke about their project.

 

Aylesbury: Wednesday 15th July 2009

The first pair of conferences. Free to attend but a place had to be reserved.

  • Learning conference © WMT 2009Looking 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 to consider, 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 has worked on war memorials grant funded by the Trust spoke about their experiences.

 

 

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