Civic Voice – Sharing success of the civic movement through case studies

Civic Voice regularly collects information about what local groups are up to from their newsletters and websites, and of course through general day to day contact with group members. We do this as we know the best way to inspire is by showing what others have done. If you are looking for an idea to inspire, never forget to download our 101 Civic Ideas if you are looking for a new idea for your community group.

To help with celebrating the local conservation area, the Highgate Society published a new leaflet, with funding supported from IHBC or why not learn about the power of social media in the Civic movement. All can be accessed in our Sharing Success corner of our website.

If you are looking for examples of community participation in development, you should check out the Civic Voice Design Awards section of the website, which is full of examples of buildings, places and spaces that are loved by local people,

We also encourage you to visit case studies on Historic England’s website focusing on conservation areas throughout England’s nine regions. As part of the First World War Memorial Programme, lots of great examples can be found on War Memorials Trust website helping to inform about how to access funding.

Sharing really does help us make members realise they are part of a bigger movement!

Civic Voice – Sharing success of the civic movement through case studies

Conserving War Memorials: case studies now available to download from the Historic England website.

As part of Historic England’s contribution to the DCMS-funded First World
War Memorials Programme there are several case studies on war memorials now
available to download from the Historic England website.

These short publications describe conservation options for war memorial projects
with conservation issues, including mortar-filled inscriptions, metal fixings, bronze
and cleaning.

This guidance is intended for those designing, specifying and undertaking conservation and repair work to free standing war memorials, such as architects, building surveyors, structural engineers, project managers, contractors, craftspeople, and conservators. It will also be of interest to those responsible for making decisions, such as local authority conservation officers, custodians or volunteer groups. It also indicates where to get further help and advice.

Examples of ase studies available to view include:

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Cleaning
First World War Memorial, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

In 2016 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £24,400 towards works to clean the memorial using steam cleaning. Damaged stone was repaired using indents to match the original stone and the memorial was repointed using a lime mortar where this was required. The lettering had eroded in a number of areas and had become illegible and so these were re-cut and filled to match extant original lettering.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Replacement of Missing Bronze Elements: Bootle, Merseyside

In 2016 a grant of £88,320 was offered through War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme, supported by the First World War Memorials Programme, towards repair and conservation work. This case study describes the treatment undertaken to address missing bronze elements on the Grade-II listed Bootle War Memorial.

The case studies on war memorials are now available to download from the Historic England website here. 

For comprehensive information on funding conservation work for war memorials, visit the Grants section of War Memorials Trust website.


Conserving War Memorials: case studies now available to download from the Historic England website.

Suffrage pioneers – final call for nominations

The Women’s Local Government Society are working on an initiative to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. They are inviting individuals, local councils, organisations and groups to nominate a suffrage pioneer from their area and to use their legacy to engage a new generation of activists and representatives.

The list of those who have been nominated will be published on the date the RPA1918 passed, 6 February. Please therefore submit nominations by the end of January to make the 6 February announcement.

At this stage, all that is needed is the name of your local suffrage pioneer and some information about them either by:

Councillors can find out more about the project on Essentially there are three stages to the project:

  1. Nominations of the pioneers from across the country, with a list published on 6 February 2018
  2. Local projects during 2018 of you, working with councils, schools, colleges, local history groups, civic societies, youth organisations, women’s organisations, faith communities etc, to enable people in the area to find out more about the pioneer and to inspire a new generation of civic activists, representatives and volunteers
  3. A local commemoration whether the unveiling of a plaque, the planting of a tree or rose garden, a history trail, festival, exhibition or lecture in November 2018

The project’s legacy hopefully will be seen in more nominations from women and other under-represented groups at the next local elections, the holding of school mock elections and the establishment of youth councils or similar, new volunteers for local organisations in subsequent years and similar.

Just as suffrage pioneers went on to play other roles in civic life having succeeded in campaigning for the extension of the franchise, we hope this project will engage more people in civic and community life in your area

We very much hope that you will use this opportunity to mark suffrage pioneers. Find out more by following @suffragepioneer and at

Suffrage pioneers – final call for nominations

Civic Voice train “Community Consultants” to train more communities!

In preparation for an expected increase for more demand in community workshops to commemorated the First World War, we recently organised another training workshop with volunteers.   The workshop was aimed at those who want to become more effective and informed at promoting best conservation practice for war memorials. It was delivered by Civic Voice and the attendees had the chance to hear from Sandra Taylor who has been trained to deliver workshops already.

Sandra Taylor, lives in Worcestershire and had been involved with war memorials for several years prior to volunteering for the First World War Memorials Programme.  She is now helping Civic Voice run our programme of workshops.  She says, ‘I enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life, including giving talks and leading workshops, and talking to people who have the same interest in saving war memorials.   War memorials are a passion of mine.  Each one tells a story of the men and women who never came home, the families left behind, the skills of stonemasons and other craftsmen, and the communities who put up the memorials.  As such, we should be conserving and maintaining them for today and for future generations.  They are an important reminder of the sacrifices made by so many to give us the freedom we take so much for granted today’.

Are you passionate about commemorating those people who sacrificed their lives for the future of their local community?  Would you like to see more people getting involved in commemorating the First World War centenary? Can you help Civic Voice spread the word about the programme?  Why not let us know and sign up for the next training session we will run in February 2018. Get in touch at

Civic Voice train “Community Consultants” to train more communities!

Share your stories as the nation remembers the fallen in 2018

As the First World War Memorial programme is now in the final 12 months of the First World War centenary, we want to hear from communities all over England as we look at showcasing the work of volunteers during the past few years. We want to showcase what you have been doing to remember the fallen.

  • Have you or your group recorded your local memorials and/or surveyed their condition? If so, how many?
  • Perhaps you have applied for funding to repair a memorial or have a memorial added to the National Heritage List for England?
  • Perhaps you have researched and published information telling the story of your local heroes?
  • Are there any other memorial-related activities in which you have been involved?

We will use your feedback to include stories in our fortnightly e-bulletin ‘War Memorials News’ throughout 2018 and will be selecting some to write up as case studies and feature in future Civic Voice events. Tell us what you are doing via

Share your stories as the nation remembers the fallen in 2018

Ipswich Society highlight another Civic Voice Design Award for Ipswich in latest newsletter

It is great to see the Ipswich Society highlighting Quay Place in the latest Society newsletter.

Rachel Barrett, Regeneration Manager from the Churches Conservation Trust, and Tony Marsden, Vice-Chairman of The Ipswich Society were presented with the Highly Commended award in the Historic Buildings category of the Civic Voice Design Awards 2017 at The Leadenhall Building.

The CCT and Ipswich Society were co-nominators of St Mary-At-The-Quay Church, Ipswich (‘Quay Place’) at the ceremony which took place at the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architectural practice on Floor 14 of the Leadenhall building (‘The Cheesegrater’) in the City of London. Tracy Meller, an associate partner of the practice, was one of the judges and gave an enlightening and amusing speech. Another attendee was Laura Sandys, Vice-President of Civic Voice and daughter of Duncan Sandys, who pioneered the introduction of Conservation Areas into legislation in 1967.

Given the high standard of the short-listed projects in the Historic Buildings category, Ipswich did very well to secure the Highly Commended award and the Civic Voice plaque is now displayed at St Mary-At-The-Quay Church.

Interested in highlighting good examples of design in your local areas? The Civic Voice Design Awards encourage communities from across England to nominate schemes that are of high quality design and help enhance conservation areas and other parts of our towns, cities and villages across England.

Max Farrell, Partner at Farrells and Chair of the Civic Voice Design Awards judging panel said: “We look forward to seeing the very best in new build, housing, heritage, public realm and open space projects as nominated by communities across England. And continuing Civic Voice’s Big Conservation Conversation to make the case for conservation areas, there will also be a special prize again this year for an outstanding development within a Conservation Area, which could be awarded from any category. The judges will be looking for excellence in terms of high quality of design and construction and community participation and engagement throughout, we call upon all communities to start nominating!”

Start nominating schemes today.


Ipswich Society highlight another Civic Voice Design Award for Ipswich in latest newsletter

War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme – next deadline for applications is 31st December 2017.

However large or small your project, if you are interested in applying for a grant towards works to repair and/or conserve a war memorial you should start by submitting a Grants Pre-application form obtained from Wherever you are in the UK and whatever type of war memorial, works and cost your grant application starts with a Grants Pre-application form. This simple form enables you to provide the initial information WMT needs to assess if your project can be helped by our funding.

War Memorials Trust urge custodians and those responsible for war memorials to apply for funding as soon as possible where conservation and repair is needed as there is now limited funding available which is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s First World War Memorials Programme and this funding will only be available until the end of the First World War Centenary in 2018. Please be aware that all cases will be assessed on a priority basis. Large and complex projects may take up to 12 months or more to complete so the Trust encourage those wishing to apply to engage with the Trust as soon as possible.

For those who have already received Pre-application advice please note that the next deadline for grant applications is 31st December 2017.

Grants Pre-application form obtained from

War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme – next deadline for applications is 31st December 2017.