|Delegates visit the war memorial in West Hill Cemetery, Winchester. Copyright Lucy Mills-Watkins/Historic England|
On June 1st, delegates from across the South met in Winchester at Winton Chapel on the city’s University campus to hear from volunteers about their experiences of being involved in the First World War Memorials Programme over the last couple of years, as well as those who have plans to run commemorative events in their communities in the future.
The day started with a welcome from the Vice-Chancellor of the University who explained how the chapel, itself dedicated as a war memorial after the First World War, is playing a vital role in University life for students, staff and the wider community following a restoration project in 2017. Delegates also heard from Design Engine Architects about the project and explored the chapel before being introduced to the work of the First World War Memorials Programme.
One of the ways in which these events are different is that, as well as hearing from the organisations involved i.e. Civic Voice, IWM, Historic England and War Memorials Trust, delegates also get a chance to listen directly to the experience of volunteers who have engaged with the programme during the course of the centenary. In Winchester we heard from Linda Munday, a student at the University, about her positive experience of attending Civic Voice training and going on to successfully apply for two Hampshire war memorials to be listed at Grade II. Charles Bradshaw from Preston Candover Parish Council gave an enthusiastic account of a conservation project to repair elements of their local war memorial, which was part-funded by War Memorials Trust. You can read more about this in the Grants Showcase below.
Don’t miss out on your chance to hear about the projects taking place in your local area. Our next events are being held in:
- Derby, 1st August 2018 – Register here
- Wakefield, 20th September 2018 – Register here
- Chelmsford, 29th September 2018 – Register here