War Memorials Trust

News releases

War Memorials Trust news features reports and items of interest recorded on an as required basis rather than regularly as much of the Trust’s activity is of an ongoing nature which does not generate regular news stories. If you have any questions or enquiries about something you may have read then please contact us.


October 2014

8th October 2014: News statement responding to the The Victorian Society Top Ten Most Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings in England and Wales 2014 annoucement which includes Sheffield's Crimean war memorial


July 2014

1st July 2014: News statement responding to the announcement of additional one-off funding for war memorials by the government. The DCMS announcement of £3 million for war memorials can be seen at www.gov.uk/government/news/details-of-5-million-fund-to-repair-protect-and-conserve-first-world-war-memorials-revealed.


1st July 2014: News release on HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, War Memorials Trust, marking the Welsh National Memorial in Cathays Park, Cardiff with SmartWater to highlight the In Memoriam 2014 campaign. The campaign seeks to reduce war memorial theft and promote the use of SmartWater technology which is available free to war memorial custodians across the UK. For further information visit www.warmemorials.org/im2014-press or www.inmemoriam2014.org.


April 2014

30th April 2014: News statement related to the Help to Work scheme and cleaning war memorials


3rd April 2014: News statement with full details of projects benefitting from Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund grant offers for March 2014. These further details support the War Memorials Trust and Historic Scotland announcement of the latest awards.


February 2014

22nd February 2014: News statement on Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund grant offers for January 2014. The formal announcement was made by the Scottish Government.


December 2013

19th December 2013: News statement on UK government announcement about additional funding for war memorials, cemeteries and burial sites associated with World War I


November 2013

11th November 2013: News statement on Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund grant offers for November 2013. Further details to support the Scottish Government announcement.

10th November 2013: News statement on our Call to remember: the state of the nation's war memorials and how you can help. You can also read a copy of the recent Call to remember leaflet mailed by War Memorials Trust to people across the UK to encourage greater awareness of our war memorials and encouraging them to share information about their local war memorials on War Memorials Online.

9th November 2013: News statement on the announcement of the plan to list more war memorials in England.


October 2013

21st October 2013: News statement on the reduction in the number of thefts from war memorials but increase in cases of vandalism in 2013 and associated appendix with details of individual cases.


September 2013

24th September 2013: News statement on receipt of Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant of £9,900 to train Learning Volunteers to work with young people in Kent.


August 2013

14th August 2013: Public statement on proposals for the World War I memorial plaque located in the former Magistrates Court, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.


June 2013

13th June 2013: News statement on receipt of Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Capacity Building grant of £8,600. HLF's full announcement available on their website.

11th June 2013: News release on The Duchess of Rothesay, Patron, War Memorials Trust, meeting with representatives of the Trust, Black Watch veterans and schoolchildren at the Black Watch War Memorial, Powrie Brae, Angus. Her Royal Highness highlighted the Trust’s work to reduce war memorial theft and promote the use of SmartWater technology by marking the Memorial with SmartWater.


May 2013

27th May 2013: News statement on the graffiti to two London war memorials

5th May 2013: News statement commenting on the works to the Cenotaph on Whitehall reported by the custodians English Heritage and featured in the Sunday Telegraph on 5th May


February 2013

21st February 2013: News statement commenting on the draft National Curriculum and the impact on how young people might engage with war memorials


January 2013

14th January 2013: News statement responding to the announcement of the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund in Scotland by First Minister Alex Salmond. Details of the announcement can be found on the Scottish Government website


9th January 2013: News release on the approval of plans to relocate the Manchester Cenotaph. An image is available on the War Memorials Online website


November 2012 

9th November 2012: News release announcing War Memorials Online, a new website 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


7th November 2012: News statement following the Minister for Crime Prevention, Jeremy Browne's visit to Erith, Kent to discuss war memorial theft with War Memorials Trust


October/November 2012

25th October: News statement on theft and vandalism of war memorials in 2012 and associated appendix detailing individual cases of theft in 2012


September 2012

10th September: Public Statement on proposals to relocate the Manchester Cenotaph and associated memorials from St Peters Square Manchester


August 2012

21st August: Statement on War Memorials Online, formerly known as 'We still remember' 


July 2012

13th July: Statement related to the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill.


June 2012

25th June: Statement related to the unveiling of the RAF Bomber Command memorial and War Memorials Trust's role in relation to new war memorials. The Trust produces a helpsheet related to new war memorials but is unable to provide funding for them.


14th June: News release: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of War Memorials Trust, joined the charity and the SmartWater Foundation at the Royal Artillery memorial to mark it with SmartWater as part of the In Memoriam 2014 campaign on 14th July 2012. Visit our press coverage page for further information and coverage.


May 2012

Statement about War Memorials Trust involvement in developing a national database of war memorials, the We Still Remember project


April 2012

Statement about War Memorials Trust involvement in developing a national database of war memorials, the We still remember project


November 2011

National campaign to reduce war memorial theft 


July 2011

National campaign to reduce war memorial theft


November 2010

War Memorials Trust launches War Memorials Officers campaign


August 2007

War Memorials Trust announces HRH Duchess of Cornwall as its new Patron


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