Culture Secretary Maria Miller who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations, announced this weekend English Heritage's plan to double the number of listed war memorials using the volunteer input from the War Memorials Trust. Some 1300 are listed at present, which constitutes just a fraction of eligible examples. We are determined to add more over the coming centenary years up to 1919. She also announced that the Liverpool Cenotaph, built to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War, is to be listed at Grade I making it one of only three Grade I war memorials in the country. For more information see the English Heritage press release.
She said: “This centenary comes at a point where living memory becomes written history, so it is absolutely essential that our work to mark it speaks clearly to young people in particular. War Memorials are a precious part of our heritage that keeps alive the ultimate sacrifice that so many made. It is absolutely right that we cherish and protect them, and I welcome English Heritage’s initiative in launching this project today.”
To mark Remembrance Sunday, English Heritage also published new web pages describing its other First World War projects. The First Home Front project is the main one of these and will see English Heritage experts working with volunteers from the Council for British Archaeology to identify, research, record and help everyone to appreciate the physical legacy of the war on English soil. We shall be looking for the remains of practice trenches, seeing how many drill halls survive, finding the very first pill boxes and even diving to explore the wrecks of British and German submarines in coastal waters.
For full details of English Heritage’s First World War projects visit their website.