Funds to protect World War One memorials revealed

Details of a £5m fund to conserve and protect war memorials were revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid MP.

The fund, originally announced by the Prime Minister at the end of last year, will support a range of different projects including:

  • Civic Voice will be given half a million pounds to create a national network of volunteers;

  • English Heritage will receive half a million pounds to provide better protection for war memorials by tripling the number of listed war memorials;

  • Imperial War Museums will receive half a million pounds to develop a website to help communities find out where information about war memorials can be found;

  • Up to £3m for the War Memorials Trust over the four year period of the First World War Centenary to boost support for their grant schemes;

  • Proposals to use the remaining half a million pounds to care for First World War graves outside the remit of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are being looked at

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “As we reflect on the events that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, I believe it is vital that we ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen. This £5m will help ensure that local communities can access the funds they need to repair, protect and conserve war memorials across the country, so that they can remain places of respect for future generations and help people to better understand what happened a century ago.”

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