Leicester has one of the most impressive war memorials in the country — a major commission from the greatest English architect of the early 20th century. Until Historic England began a war memorials listing programme for the First World War centenary, Leicester’s memorial arch by Sir Edwin Lutyens was one of only three Grade I listed memorials in the country. Exploring its significance by looking at the efforts of Leicester to commemorate the fallen since the time of the Boer War, this talk tells the long (and surprising) story of how Leicester got its First World War memorial.
Elizabeth Blood was the first War Memorials Officer to be appointed at a local authority, Leicestershire County Council, in 2009. She continues to run the Leicestershire War Memorials Project on a part-time basis, while currently undertaking a PhD in the history of war memorials in Leicestershire and Rutland. Her freelance work has included talks and training sessions about war memorials, and researching and assessing war memorials for Historic England.
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