Presentation on theme: "War memorials and historic religious buildings Amy Davidson, Conservation Officer War Memorials Trust."— Presentation transcript:
War memorials and historic religious buildings Amy Davidson, Conservation Officer War Memorials Trust
Independent charity, rely on donations to undertake our work and fund our grant schemes Established 1997 due to concern about the condition of war memorials in the UK Conservation charity: give advice and information, administer grant schemes - not responsible for any memorials No legal powers so cannot require anyone to do anything.
Objectives 1.To monitor the condition of war memorials and to encourage protection and conservation 2.To provide expert advice to those involved in war memorial projects, to act as the specialist organisation for war memorial conservation issues and to facilitate repair and conservation through grant schemes 3.To work with relevant organisations to encourage them to accept responsibility for war memorials and recognise the need to undertake repair and conservation work 4.To build a greater understanding of war memorial heritage and raise awareness of the issues surrounding war memorial conservation.
WMT Structure Board of Trustees Administrator Membership & Volunteer Officer Learning Officer Conservation Officers x4 Director
Custodianship What is a ‘custodian’? Anyone who looks after the maintenance of a war memorial. They may or may not be the legal owner. May need to undertake research to establish this but many war memorials have no identifiable custodian or owner. Many types of custodians: Parochial Church Councils Parish, town, district councils Individuals/companies Regiments Specific memorial trusts Local community groups (e.g. civic societies) CWGC (official memorials) The following are not custodians: War Memorials Trust Royal British Legion Imperial War Museums Ministry of Defence CWGC (for local memorials)
The law: maintenance War Memorials (Local Authorities’ Powers) Act of 1923 “A local authority may incur reasonable expenditure in the maintenance, repair and protection of any war memorial within their district, which may be vested in them”. Local Authorities Act 1948/ Local Government Act 1948 This later Act allows expenditure to be incurred for memorials “which may be vested in them or not”. Means many local authorities undertake projects to memorials at a PoW.
How WMT can help: Grants Small Grants Scheme (UK) Funded by WMT. All war memorials in the UK eligible. Max grant of up to 50% of costs, up to £2,500. No deadlines. Grants for War Memorials (Freestanding in England) Funded by English Heritage / The Wolfson Foundation. Max grant of up to 75% of costs, up to £30k (minimum project cost £3k). Four deadlines per year. Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund (Scotland) Funded by the Scottish Government through Historic Scotland - £1m available All memorials in Scotland eligible. Max grant of up to 75% of costs, up to £30k. Four deadlines per year.