Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Grants for War Memorials in England – Deadline Extended

Organisations have until 6 January 2014 to submit an application for funding to repair and conserve freestanding war memorials in England.

There are estimated to be more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Many of these are treasured but others are neglected and vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. This funding is intended only for freestanding war memorials in England with no other functional purpose than as a war memorial.

Applications can be made for grants of up to 75% of project costs to a maximum of £30,000 depending on the project.

Funding can be used for the following:

  • Urgent and necessary repairs and structural stabilisation.
  • Cleaning under certain circumstances.
  • Reinstatement of lost elements which form an integral part of the design of the memorial when supported by historical evidence.
  • Works relating to hard landscaping which forms an integral part of the design of the monument.

Organisations that can meet the following criteria may apply:

  • The project must be over £3,000.
  • If the total project cost is over £20,000 a conservation-accredited architect or surveyor must be contracted on the project.
  • If the applicant is not responsible for the memorial, written permission must be supplied from the owner consenting to the works.
  • Any additional permissions required, such as Listed Building Consent, must be obtained before commencement.
  • Three quotes are required for an application to this scheme.

Interested groups should complete a ‘Grants Pre-application form’ and send photographs of the memorial. Projects which are considered eligible will be sent the relevant application form.

Decisions on applications are advised approximately 10 weeks after the deadline

Full details can be found on the War Memorial Trusts website

Can you help BBC South East Today?

BBC South East Today reporter, Sara Smith, is working on their coverage to mark 100 years since the start of WWI – and wants to hear from you.

Sara is currently putting together a short piece on the role of women in Britain during the war.  As well as using archives of women working on the land, in munitions factories and as firefighters, she’d like to touch on the overall impact on their lives both during and after.

She is particularly interested in gathering an overview of the impact on women upon taking over what were traditionally men’s jobs during the war – and then being removed from them just as quickly.  If there is someone out there who might have a family story to tell, or you have some information in your archive or collection, then please get in touch with her directly. 

Contact Sara Smith on: 07809 597697 or email her:

Call to Action: Share and update the Kent & Medway FWW timeline

Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian – Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives,  and his team of volunteers have been busily researching the archives to find out what happened in Kent & Medway during the First World War.

View the abridged version of the timeline: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Abridged version

It is a fantastic resource, which museums, heritage groups, arts organisations, schools, and any other interested parties are free to use for their own purposes.  (Please note:  The entries in the international/national column are extracted from the Imperial War Museum First World War Timeline –  if you wish to publish any of the information included in this column, you must be a member of the IWM’s partnership programme.  Please contact to seek permission.)

View the full timeline: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Data Collection Version – at Nov 2013 (minus IWM data)

Can you add your local information?

We are now putting a call out to anyone who may have further, local information that they can contribute to the timeline.  All you need to do is add your entries to the template timeline below, referencing where you obtained the information, and return it to Rob Illingworth (

Save a copy of the timeline template to add your own entries: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Template for entries- 2 example entries included

Successful networking at FWW in Kent & Medway update session

The Museum Development Programme for Kent & Medway held a successful First World War update session at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive on Monday 4th November.

The session was attended by over 50 people from various museums, heritage, and arts groups and organisations.  Speakers included the Shorncliffe Trust, the Western Front Association, the Kent Lieutenancy, the South East Grid for Learning Associates, the War Memorials Trust, Viola Films, the National Children’s Football Alliance, Kent County Council, Screen South, HLF and the Imperial War Museum.

It was a great opportunity to hear about the various plans and projects that are taking place in the county, and further afield – there is plenty going on and many ways for groups and organisations to get involved.

To see the notes of the session, click the link below.  Copies of the speaker’s presentations and other supporting information can be viewed below:

To keep in touch with others in Kent & Medway about the FWW, why not sign up to our GoogleGroup?

Don’t forget to sign up to the Imperial War Museum’s FWW Centenary Partnership Programme to gain access to a wealth of support and resources all free to use.

Recent articles from Centenary News

If you are not already signed up to Centenary News, here is a selection of the recent news stories which have been featured on their website last week:

The Belgian city of Liege has invited more than fifty heads of state to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

ProQuest is developing a new database providing digital access to primary sources from the First World War.

The First Minister of Wales has announced the Framework Programme for Wales’ official commemoration plans.

The Tourism Museum in Northern Italy is holding a conference exploring the influence of the First World War on tourism in the Alpine region.

The National Portrait Gallery in London will hold an exhibition focusing on the First World War in 2014.

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