The national charity saving historic churches at risk
As part of the centenary commemoration, we are undertaking a project to record all of the WWI memorials and associated stories that exist within Churches Conservation Trust churches and churchyards, either to groups of people or to individuals.
The aim is to create a web based resource to encourage people to explore their family history through churches and monuments.
In order to do this, we need your help.
Most churches in our care contain a memorial to those who fell in the Great War. World War I was the first occasion that there was a national movement to set up public and private memorials for servicemen of all ranks, even whilst the war raged on. In October 1916 F.C. Eeles and the Wareham Guild urged the setting up of advisory committees to advise bishops on proposals for war memorials in churches, which stimulated a resurgence of craft and the development of catalogue designs.
We think these memorials can be the key to a treasure trove of stories about the churches in our care, their communities and the men and women of The Great War, both at home and abroad.
Calling all volunteers! Do you live near, or regularly visit, a CCT church? Would you have a few spare hours to record the WWI memorial in that church? If you do and would like to support us in this important project download the form below and start recording, or contact your local CCT Volunteering Officer who will be pleased to discuss the project with you.
Email your completed forms to us at: email@example.com
Even if a church has had its memorials recorded, please feel free to contribute photographs. We will soon be presenting these in a photo group on Flickr, so watch this space!
We aim to mark this important centenary by uncovering the war stories within our buildings, untold for 100 years. But we can't do it without you...