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How can I find out more about a local War Memorial?

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How can I find out more about a local War Memorial?


The Commission commemorates casualties of the two World wars either on a headstone at the point of burial or on one of our many memorials to the missing throughout the world.

The thousands of local war memorials nationwide are the responsibility of the local authority or the organisation that erected them.

For information or advice about a local war memorial you can find information below of organisations that be able to help.

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials within the UK to ensure these monuments remain part of our communities forever. War Memorials Trust seeks to cooperate with other organisations, at both national and local level, to better safeguard the future of war memorials in both their social and historical context.

War Memorials Trust
2nd Floor
42a Buckingham Palace Road
Conservation advice/grants: 020 7233 7356
Charity: 0300 123 0764
Administration/membership/fundraising: 020 7834 0200  
Fax: 020 7834 0202 or 0300 123 0765
E-Mail:  Web:


The UK National Inventory of War Memorials database was established in 1989 to try to record (non-Commission) memorials to all conflicts. Based at the Imperial War Museum, this was a joint initiative between the Museum and the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England, now merged with English Heritage.

Information about each memorial is now on a database which can be used to map the commemorative work of particular artists, the popularity of particular designs and the use of certain materials. Memorial commissioning procedures, the organisation of commemorative ceremonies and the impact of mass death at a local level can also be explored along with issues of national identity, sculptural practice and community organisation.

The UK National Inventory of War Memorials database is available to view online at


The database can also be viewed in the Department of Printed Books at the Imperial War Museum:

Department of Printed Books Reading Room
Main Building
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road


The Reading Room is open by appointment Monday-Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Please telephone +44 (0)20 7416 5344 to make an appointment.

You can also phone the National Inventory of War Memorials team on 020 7207 9863 or contact them by email on or visit the website at