Monumental Powys-wide First World War Project Receives Heritage Funding09 / 02 / 2015
Monumental Powys-wide First World War Project Receives Heritage Funding
A county-wide First World War project to identify, record and restore all war memorials across Powys has received a £350,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The innovative project led by Powys County Council will help to maintain the county’s 276 known war memorials – which include 13 listed buildings – as well as identify those that have been lost or forgotten. ‘Toolkits’ have been produced for communities, schools and researchers to help communities across the county take responsibility for and maintain their commemorative artefacts; safeguarding them for future generations.
Jennifer Stewart, Head of the HLF in Wales, said “We see this project as a great opportunity to uncover the forgotten past. Our First World War: Then and Now programme gives people across Wales a chance to learn more about the First World War and this county-wide approach is an excellent way of not only helping people to learn more about this part of our heritage, but give them the skills to find out about and research this history for themselves.”
According to the UK National Inventory of War Memorials there are almost three hundred recognised war memorials in Powys. However, it is believed that the true number of memorials could be significantly higher with memorials ranging from crosses and plaques to bridges and church organs. This project will help communities identify their own, local, memorials and support the creation of a memorial map of all commemorative monuments across Powys, creating a new database of their history, condition and ownership.
Cllr Avril York, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “This project marks our respect for those individuals who left Powys sacrificing their lives. The county’s First World War heritage is at risk, and just like we can’t afford to forget the atrocities, we can’t afford to lose our war memorials either. This grant gives Powys a chance to remember and ensure that these memorials are protected and kept for future generations.”
Toolkits created as part of the project will include background information and resources about the First World War as well as guides on how to research your local history and basic guidance on looking after war memorials. These will be complemented with Conservation Kits to help trained local people become actively involved in caring for and conserving memorials.
Cyllene Griffiths, Powys County Council’s War Memorial Officer, said: “Memorials form an integral part of our towns, villages and communities and provide a focal point for remembrance. This project will enable us to protect them and provide an opportunity for us communities to engage with their past.”