Sheffield urged to protect city’s 350 war memorials

Judi Siddall, War Memorials officer for Sheffield Council, with Anna Wilson, Senior Development Officer Civic Voice and Paul Bedwell, memberships secretary for Sheffield Civic Trust show The Star's editor Nancy Fielder the Victoria Memorial.
Judi Siddall, War Memorials officer for Sheffield Council, with Anna Wilson, Senior Development Officer Civic Voice and Paul Bedwell, memberships secretary for Sheffield Civic Trust show The Star's editor Nancy Fielder the Victoria Memorial.
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Our city’s war heroes need you.

People in Sheffield are being urged to play a part in conserving and protecting their local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

Wadsley Bridge War Memorial

Wadsley Bridge War Memorial

Money is available for repair and conservation work as part of a new project to commemorate World War I.

But experts believe there are unknown memorials hidden in the city which have never been publicly recorded.

Now they want Sheffielders help to track them down and survey them so the can be cleaned up to a standard which is a fitting tribute to the fallen.

The programme aims to inspire communities across the country to survey and conserve their war memorials.

Totley War memorial

Totley War memorial

It aims is to make sure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War, in 2018, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and ‘fitting tributes to the fallen’.

With the help of Civic Voice, one of the four partner organisations running the programme, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Civic Trust are working together with volunteers across the city to record the condition of all war memorials.

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey.

Volunteers are being asked to attend a workshop in Sheffield on either May 5, May 11, May 23 or May 27 to find out more.

Ranmoor War Memorial

Ranmoor War Memorial

There are around 350 known war memorials in Sheffield but experts believe there could be many more.

They are urging people to check their parks, schools, streets, offices and even homes for the tributes which are often just small plaques.

And organisers also hope the project will help families track down the memorials which honour their own relatives.

Judi Siddall, War Memorials Officer at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are holding workshops throughout Sheffield to introduce the project and train volunteers on how to record the condition of war memorials.

Gleadless & Hollinsend War memorial

Gleadless & Hollinsend War memorial

“We would like as many people as possible to come along.”

Paul Bedwell, membership officer of Sheffield Civic Trust said: “If people from every area of the city were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be that all of the county’s memorials could be in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place.”

If you would like to attend a workshop, reserve your free place by visiting http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/get-involved/events or contact info@civicvoice.org.uk

Walkley War Memorial

Walkley War Memorial