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CWGC - Conserving our historic estate
Fri 26 May 2017, 15:00 – 16:00 BST
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are guardians of a large global Historic Estate – 23,000 cemeteries and memorials in 154 countries. Many are now nearly 100 years old and their heritage value is no longer purely commemorative; they are increasingly valued as important historical, social and cultural records of the two World Wars and as outstanding examples of architecture and design of the 20th Century. A large number of our cemeteries and memorials were designed by world-renowned architects (including; Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker), and leading designers, sculptors and artists of their day (including; Henry Poole and Charles Wheeler).
Such values have been formally recognised in a number of countries, as cemeteries and memorials are listed/designated in increasing numbers, and some are even under consideration for World Heritage Site status. With such recognition comes an added responsibility in how the Commission cares for its Historic Estate. We are now guided by a conservation philosophy in our management and care of our sites. The CWGC seek to preserve and conserve, whilst remaining true to our principle of commemorating the names of the fallen.
Ensuring that these conservation standards are developed and implemented is in the remit of the CWGC’s Director of Works, Jon Gedling, a Chartered Building Surveyor. In this illustrated talk he will explain how the CWGC are bringing in a conservation-based approach to its work and outline some of the logistical and practical challenges that we face.
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