Our war memorials
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The memorials to the men and women who lost their lives in wartime are poignant reminders that they were once members of their local communities and had a peacetime role in shaping the places we love today.
Many hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers, tenants and owners from the places we now care for died in the First World War and other conflicts. We don’t know how many or even who some of them were. The stories we do know are touching, often heroic and always too brief. For all of them, we care for their memorials as we would for the most precious items in our collections.
The range of war memorials in our care is staggering. From a battlefield cross, still with the dirt of France on its base at Quarry Bank Mill, to thriving trees and woodlands as at Highcomb Copse, from stained glass windows at St Michael’s Mount to monuments of granite, such as the cross at Downend Point, and from simple inscriptions to open and awesome landscapes, such as the summit of Scafell Pike. We care for around 170 war memorials (about 70 from the First World War) and our places have connections to another 130 through family members, staff or other historical connections.
Each memorial marks a singular time and momentous sacrifice. They are places where one can pause awhile. They and the people they recall continue to be an important part of our story.