Saturday, September 20, 2014


Brigg people are being invited to help create a lasting legacy for Lincolnshire's fallen by becoming war memorial guardians.
Open to those who join the Lincolnshire Remembrance project, those who receive the title will play a vital role in protecting local monuments and ensuring memories of the dead live on.
"All you need to do is volunteer with the Lincolnshire Remembrance project," says war memorials officer Cath Pike.
"You'll be given specialist training in war memorials, including how to care for them, record them, research them, and re-discover and share the story of those listed on them."
The training is available to anyone who signs up the Lincolnshire Remembrance project but volunteering doesn’t require a big commitment, as Cath explains: 
"Anything you can do will help – there's no minimum expectation.  Some will be able to offer lots of time, others will need to balance their contribution with other commitments.  But this fascinating training is open to all who agree to help in some way."
Training sessions have been organised for locations across Lincolnshire during September and October, with more to follow depending on demand.
Cath says: "As well as playing a vital role in ensuring sacrifices are never forgotten, our volunteers learn how to uncover lost stories, protect memorials, research local and family history, understand the social and historical significance of memorials, and share their discoveries with others."
It is estimated that there are 3,000 war memorials in Lincolnshire, including the north and north east counties. These cover conflicts from 19th-century Crimea to modern-day Afghanistan.  
The Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials project is working with volunteers to record and research them all.
The findings are being put into a new, searchable online database and interactive map of every war memorial in Lincolnshire – and every one of the fallen.
Available via, this list of locations, state of repair, names and stories of sacrifice is there for all to see, a new kind of memorial for the 21st century – and beyond.
To volunteer or find out more about the Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials project, visit, email or call Cath Pike on 01522 554959.

·       Caistor: Arts and Heritage Centre, 28 Plough Hill, 10am until 3.30pm, 9 October
The Lincolnshire Remembrance project is financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund and Lincolnshire County Council, the latter of which also administers the project.


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