Sharing the stories of the First World War Memorials Programme

We are delighted to invite community groups, local authorities and others with an interest in the First World War, to a series of free events across England to hear from volunteers and others about how communities have been commemorating the First World War. You will also have the chance to hear speakers from Civic Voice, Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust. We hope you will be inspired to go back to your own community to identify and record the condition of your own memorials as the nation remembers the fallen 100 years on.

The centenary is a chance to understand more about the First World War, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today and a series of events will be organised so we can “hear the stories” and review the past few years to see “how communities have remembered the fallen”.

We invite you to attend a free event near to you in:

If you have yet to engage in the commemoration, please do attend these events as it will be your chance to see how others, in the final year of the centenary are remembering the former members of their community.

After the event, you too can make a difference by making sure your local war memorial is protected for future generations by getting it listed and added to War Memorials Online.

If you would like more information on any of the above, please do get in touch with Civic Voice here.

War Memorials Condition Survey Toolkit
If you can’t attend a workshop, Civic Voice has created a toolkit to allow you to learn how to survey the condition of your war memorials. The toolkit takes you through each step and also provides you with all the resources you need to complete a condition survey. See the toolkit here.

Sharing the stories of the First World War Memorials Programme

Engaging young people in heritage training events

Harbury School

It has never been easier for civic groups to work with schools and colleges and the reasons for doing so have never been more compelling. Key Stage 3 and 4 both now have a dedicated Citizenship programme of study. Many different civic groups across England are already regularly working with schools and colleges and are deepening their relationships. Others are planning to get involved for the first time.

However, many civic groups say that they are unsure about how to go about developing a relationship with a local school, so, Civic Voice in partnership with War Memorials Trust has put together the following training events that we hope will help you.

We want to use the events to show how the First World War centenary is engaging new audiences and consider how we ensure young people stay involved in the historic environment sector once the commemorations are finished.

Engaging Young People in Heritage events coming to a neighbourhood near you:

Led by the Learning Officer at War Memorials Trust, the workshop will help you discover:

  • The best ways to approach a school/youth group
  • Ways of linking activities to the curriculum
  • Different types of learning activities that can be carried out with school or youth groups
  • Resources available online
  • Community stories and top tips from volunteers who have worked with schools

Although the workshop will use examples of activities relating to war memorials, the content of the workshop will be applicable to those wishing to engage with schools and youth groups with other types of heritage too.

Engaging young people in heritage training events

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Civic Movement

Civic Voice would like to wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to working with you all in the New Year and thank you for the great work you do locally to promote civic pride!

2018 will be the biggest year the civic movement has ever had and we want you to be a part of it… Support us and become part of the movement speaking up for conservation areas! Click here for more information.

Finally the Civic Voice team would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes for the new year!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Civic Movement

Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications – tell us about good development in an historic setting

Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications with Civic Voice highlighting examples showing that “new development can enhance a conservation area”
Award ceremony to be held in The Leadenhall Building, second tallest building in the City of London.

Civic Voice has, officially opened the Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 by encouraging 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!”

More information at

Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 open for applications – tell us about good development in an historic setting

Media & Film student is the first ever winner of the Young Civic Society volunteer award

Media and Film student, Hannah Seager, has been named the first ever winner of the Young Civic Society volunteer award.

The Marsh Civic Awards are awarded annually to recognise an “outstanding contribution to the civic movement” by an individual and a group. The awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and this year, a new award was created to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a younger person to the civic movement.

Hannah commented, “I was approached by my tutor, Joe Evans, who asked if I was able to produce a video for the Altrincham and Bowden Civic Society, as I live in that area. I made a video to show the conservation areas and how important it was to protect them. I was really surprised to be nominated for an award as I volunteered solely for the work experience, but I was even more surprised to win for ‘young person contribution’. I understand more now about how important it is to look after listed buildings, which make an area what it is.”

You can view the video at

The Marsh Civic Awards for 2018 will be awarded at the Civic Voice Annual Convention in Birmingham on 19/20 October. More information here about the convention.

Media & Film student is the first ever winner of the Young Civic Society volunteer award

What are the most important issue putting conservation areas at risk?

What are the issues for conservation areas poll
Today we have communicated with our members on the anniversary of Winchester Conservation Area celebrating its 50th anniversary. The original Conservation Area was designated in Winchester on December 20th 1967 in response to the Civic Amenities Act of 1967. It has been amended over the years and now, the current Winchester Conservation Area covers the entire city centre and a substantial portion of its inner suburbs: Happy 50th birthday Winchester Conservation Area.

We want people to show support for conservation areas for the next 50 years by joining Civic Voice as an individual supporter for £10 and help us put conservation areas at the heart of regeneration.

To coincide with Winchester celebrating 50 years we are releasing results from our latest website poll which asked the question “What is the most important issue putting conservation areas at risk? From 1567 votes, “33% of respondents stated that vacant buildings and the need for new uses is the number one issue threatening the future of conservation areas”. Do you agree? Vote here.

As we move forward into 2018, the civic movement will be looking at long term management of conservation areas. We want to be positive and ambitious for conservation areas and the importance that they have for the country, whilst being clear that we may have to work differently if we want to have our towns, cities and villages being well managed. It is the responsibility of us all to play a part in the community in which we live.

It is pleasing to know​ that​ civic societies are making the case for conservation areas and linking with our poll result today, you may want to look at our Sharing Success section on our website where you can read how​:

  • Halifax Civic Trust undertook an audit to assess the growing problem of empty buildings in Halifax Town Centre.
  • The Kings Lynn Civic Society, were this week praised in a report by the Federation of Master Builders as they have estimated that that there is space for an additional 50 homes in empty properties in their area.
  • Or the fact that the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies will be updating a report in 2018 looking at Buildings at Risk across Yorkshire.

Civic societies are part of the solution across the country.  We believe that the future of conservation area can be positive. We want to see more communities put Civic Action at the heart of conservation areas in 2018.

The value of conservation areas on the impact of this country is clear. Their future is not.

Please join Civic Voice as an individual supporter for £10 and help us put conservation areas at the heart of regeneration.

What are the most important issue putting conservation areas at risk?

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