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War Memorials Event and National Memorial Arboretum Visit

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National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewaws

DE13 7AR

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As we reflect on the events of the First World War that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, we believe it is vital that we ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen.

Our project, as part of the national commemorative events, will help conserve and protect the nation's war memorials for the long term as well as ensuring there are skilled volunteers available to assess their condition and take steps to preserve them in the proper way.

We want to use this meeting to help commemorate the start of the Passchendaele commemoration and to recognise that it is three years since the programme began. We want to show that the First World War is engaging with new audiences. We also need to consider, once the First World War commemorations are finished, how we ensure people stay involved in the historic environment sector?

We want to stimulate a debate about how the country is commemorating the First World War; what the legacy from the commemorations will be, how that influences the issues facing the historic environment in the future and the role communities can play in that. Discussions will centre on how we can recruit a new frontline of volunteers to conserve the nation’s historic environment, 100 years on. The day will include a tour around the Arboretum and its new Remembrance Centre, which has been shortlisted for a Civic Voice Design Award 2017.

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10.15 - 10.30 Registration

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introductions

10.45 – 11.00 Background to the First World War Memorials Programme (Ian Harvey)

What is the FWWMP and what has happened so far?

11:00 – 11.15 Prime Minister’s Lead on First World War video (TBC)

11.15 – 11.30 Tea/coffee

11.30 - 12.15 Launch of community stories and case studies

Joan Humble, Blackpool Civic Trust

Steen Clarke, St. John’s Memorial Group, Bristol

Coralie Acheson, Birmingham University

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch and networking

13.00 – 13.45 Tour of the Arboretum

13.45 – 14.15 Next steps?: Looking ahead to 2018

Leslie Cupitt, Altrincham’s plans for 2018: What is happening

Sandra Taylor, Remember the Fallen and Civic Voice

How can communities commemorate

14.15 – 14.40 Next steps? The future of the nation’s war memorials. How can we continue to protect them beyond 2018

Ian Hook, Imperial War Museums

Rachel Reese, War Memorials Trust

14.40 – 15.30 Presentation/tour around(s) about the Remembrance Centre, Michael Kendrick (Glenn Howells)

15:30 – 16.00 Teas/coffees and Drop-in Surgery (specific questions answered)

  • Funding advice
  • Record a memorial
  • List a memorial
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National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewaws

DE13 7AR

United Kingdom

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