War Memorials Trust

Listing/Designation of war memorials

War memorials can be protected through Statutory Listing. A Statutory List is the record of structures deemed to be of national architectural and/or historical importance in the UK. It includes secular buildings of all types, places of worship, statues, sculptures and structures as diverse as telephone boxes, drinking fountains and market crosses. 

War Memorials Trust has long advocated for the protection of war memorials through listing. This is because war memorials have no legal protection outside of normal planning regulations. As such the listing of memorials can protect them from inappropriate change and damage and in so doing safeguard them for generations to come.

This section of our website discusses why war memorials should be listed, the eligibility for listing and how to get a war memorial listed.

Listing is one type of designation. War memorials can also be recognised under different types of designation such as Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Historic Parks and Gardens or Maritime. These types of designation are more unusual and should you wish to discuss these you should contact War Memorials Trust, or the relevant national heritage body, directly.  

Each part of the UK deals with designation, including listing, in a different way so we have provided advice for each area - use the menu options to the left. The heritage bodies in the UK which are responsible for the statutory lists include:


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