Caring for War Memorial Landscapes

In the lead up to the centenary of the First World War in 2014 the War Memorials Trust, with English Heritage, has published guidance on caring for war memorial landscapes and gardens.

An image of the Weston-Super-Mare war memorial landscape from the Nigel Temple postcard collection, with central memorial feature surrounded by trees, flowers and four processional paths.

War Memorial, Grove Park, Weston-super-Mare from the Nigel Temple Postcard Collection 1920-1950 PC09127
© Reproduced by permission of English Heritage

For centuries memorials have been erected to remember the fallen of war. These memorials range from simple monuments such as an engraved tablet, to buildings that sit within a purpose designed landscape and as such provide a link to our cultural and social history.

Guidance on Managing War Memorials

The War Memorial Trust leaflet 'Conservation and Management of War Memorial Landscapes' provides further guidance on how to care for them.

Earlier war memorials generally represent a celebration of victory but after the wide- reaching destruction of the First World War, war memorials became much more sombre and commemorative.

The landscapes that developed around these memorials were made up of avenues, gardens of remembrance, areas of paving, railings and flower beds around a central monument.

This document has been produced to guide best practice for everyone proposing to conserve, restore or manage a memorial landscape. The aim of the guidance is to highlight the key features, identify the considerations and help projects reflect and continue the original purposes embodied in memorial landscapes.

It is set out in four stages:

  1. Understanding the significance of the current site
  2. Planning a project
  3. Putting the plan into practice
  4. How to keep going for the next 100 years!
  • Conservation and management of war memorial landscapes
    Conservation and management of war memorial landscapes
    Publication Date: 10 Aug 2012
    The aim of the guidance is to highlight the key features, identify the considerations and help projects reflect and continue the original purposes embodied in memorial landscapes.
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Nigel Temple Collection

The gallery collection on the right hand side of this page is a set of period postcards of war memorial gardens and parks from English Heritage’s Nigel Temple collection.

Image of Whitley Bay war memorial and cenotaph.

Links Gardens, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear 1920 - 1937 PC07201
© Reproduced by permission of English Heritage

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