October 1st, 2016

Coventrians being urged to help save city war memorials

COVENTRIANS are being given the opportunity to play a part in protecting the local war memorials.

The Coventry Society are urging local people to help record and survey the city’s 49 First World War memorials as part of its project to conserve the important landmarks.

In collaboration with Civic Voice, the Society are running a free workshop to provide volunteers with information on the project and the skills needed to correctly record the condition of memorials – many of which are falling into disrepair.

To ensure the memorials remain ‘a fitting tribute’ to those who lost their lives or were affected by the war and subsequent conflicts, the local volunteers’ survey work will then enable to the Society to apply for grants to maintain their upkeep.

Speaking about the importance of the conservation work, Chairman of the Coventry Society, Keith Draper said: “Our war memorials deserve to be treated with the same respect as those they commemorate.

“We would like all Coventry‚Äôs memorials to be brought up to a good standard but before we can do that we need to know the condition of what is out there.

“This will be a practical workshop with the opportunity to make a real contribute to the project.

“We hope that lots of Coventry Citizens will want to take part.”

The free War Memorial Condition Survey Workshop will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 10am until 4pm at the Central Library.

More information about the scheme and how to reserve a place on the workshop can be found online at http://www.coventrysociety.org.uk/

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