About a month ago I was lucky enough to go on a course run by Civic Voices all about surveying the country’s war memorials.
The course was run on behalf of the War Memorials Trust and there are two ideas behind the campaign:
- to get complete record of all of the nation’s war memorials doesn’t currently exist and this is a drive to get them all noted down while there is interest in commemoration.
- to survey all the memorials, many were designed and built just after WW1 and so are now about a hundred years old and could be in need of repair or even be in danger of falling down.
The course was really interesting, our tutor Anna took us through the wheres/whys/hows and then we got the chance to put what we’d learned into practice and went out to complete a survey on a Norwich memorial.
After a chilly hour outside we came back and discussed our findings and then looked at how to record what we’d noted on the website.
There are still some courses around the country that you can attend to learn about this project in person but to help in this project you don’t need to actually go to one of these – all the details are explained in on line in their toolkit. The video is most helpful – I’ve rewatched it ready to go out and do my first survey!