Leicestershire County Council has been offering free, tailored conservation advice to war memorial custodians for over 20 years, and has contributed to the restoration of many war memorials through conservation grant schemes.

Looking after local war memorials

Get in touch if you would like us to inspect your memorial to discuss its condition. Failed pointing (mortar in the joints), legibility of inscriptions, and surface dirt are the most common maintenance issues, and we can advise on a case-by-case basis on the most sympathetic way forward. Contact warmemorials@leics.gov.uk for further advice.

Specifying and getting quotes for work

We can help you produce a list of maintenance or conservation issues that need to be addressed, so that you can approach qualified contractors to get quotes. These need to be contractors with a good track record in dealing with historic structures, materials, and decorative elements. Most war memorials are around 100 years old, and as historic monuments they need specialist care. Contact warmemorials@leics.gov.uk for help.

Funding war memorial conservation

We can also offer advice about funding war memorial repair and conservation. Our War Memorials Conservation Grant Scheme unfortunately ended in 2020, due to financial constraints brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Other sources of funding maybe available via the War Memorials Trust (see www.warmemorials.org.uk  ) and your local council Conservation Officer may be able to advise further on the availability of any other sources of potential funding.

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