War Memorials Trust


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Conservation Officer

War Memorials Trust works to protect and conserve all war memorials within the UK.

The charity has an exciting temporary Maternity Cover opportunity for a Conservation Officer with initiative, enthusiasm and experience. The successful candidate will become part of the Conservation Team managing a varied and busy workload of casework, grants and digital engagement. The role may suit a recent conservation graduate embarking on a full-time career in the conservation sector or could be of interest to someone more experienced, potentially looking to work part-time.

There are estimated to be over 100,000 war memorials across the UK. From stone monuments to metal plaques, stained glass windows to timber lychgates and memorial buildings to church bells. 80% are believed to be in Good condition but the remaining 1 in 5 may need work due to neglect, vandalism or the effects of ageing and weathering. War Memorials Trust supports local communities, who generally retain responsibility, preserve these shared symbols to help us all understand the consequences of conflict, encourage later generations to avoid such suffering and continue to say, we still remember.

As a small charity we adapt our roles to reflect the locations, skills and experience of the staff. The team is based around the UK with current home workers in Cheltenham, Dundee, Neath and Norwich alongside members of staff with hybrid roles who combine days in the London office with working from home. With a part-time Conservation Officer going on Maternity Leave in April 2023 and our part-time Public Engagement Officer taking Maternity Leave from July 2023 we are looking for a new Conservation Officer to help us deliver our unique services and fulfil the Trust’s charitable objectives.

As a member of the Conservation Team you will acquire responsibility for particular areas of work. That may be designated geographically or by type of work depending on location, skills and experience. Technical Advice is focussed on encouraging best conservation practice, delivering grants that support repair and conservation as well as initiating efforts to improve the condition of our war memorial heritage. This aspect of the Team can include providing advice based on photographs, working with other organisations to encourage protection or attending site visits. Close cooperation with colleagues is essential to ensure consistency and a shared understanding of approaches. Through Public Engagement the charity seeks to provide a response to the wider variety of public enquiries about war memorials from basic maintenance to adding names or background history to how long wreaths should remain in situ. It also seeks to engage the public with their war memorial heritage through talks, workshops and online educational materials for different age groups.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of the conservation of the historic environment, relevant legislation and the technical issues involved in the care and repair of war memorials. You should be able to provide advice and guidance to custodians and members of the public on all aspects of war memorials and their care as well as having the ability to act as an advocate for the protection and appreciation of our unique war memorial heritage.

The role needs a minimum of 0.8 full-time equivalent hours but may be more suited to full-time role. The post-holder can be based in the London office, a hybrid or a home worker.

The starting salary is £28-30,000 depending on experience; a pension contribution is also made.

It is anticipated the role will start in June/July 2023 with a contract length of 12 months.

War Memorials Trust is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


How to apply

If you wish to apply for the post please do so by Covering Letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4 which should explain how you meet the Person Specification and can fulfil the Job Description) accompanied by a copy of your CV and a completed Equal Opportunities Form which can be downloaded above. It would be helpful if a preference for location and hours could be indicated in the Covering Letter.


  • should be addressed to the Director, Ms Frances Moreton
  • can be emailed to frances@warmemorials.org. Please ensure the subject heading reads Conservation Officer Application
  • or posted to War Memorials Trust, 1st Floor, 14 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0QP. If you post your application, please ensure the appropriate postage is paid
  • all applicants should indicate where you first saw the post advertised


Closing date for applications is 9am Wednesday 19th April 2023

Interviews are expected to be held the week commencing 24th April 2023 – the option to meet in person or online will be available


Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 



Please visit the Volunteer page for further information about volunteering opportunities with War Memorials Trust.


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