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33k funding boost to help maintain memory of WWI fallen

3 April 2014

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Ten war memorials across Scotland are to share £33,000 in grant money to carry out essential restoration and conservation work.   

The money represents the latest round of awards from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund’s allocation of £1 million, available to local communities throughout Scotland to help restore their war memorials, to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The grants were announced as a seminar in Edinburgh was being held to educate people interested in the conservation of memorials on how to restore and maintain these vital reminders of our heritage.

The announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who said: “The immense sacrifice of those Scottish men and women who died during the First World War and other conflicts, should never be forgotten. These memorials, which serve not to celebrate war but to honour those who died, are a tangible reminder of our history and heritage, and every effort should be made to maintain them for future generations.

“Projects like the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, along with events like the repair and maintenance seminar, help the people of Scotland continue to pay their respects to those who fell during both world wars and other conflicts, and hopefully encourage more people to volunteer to maintain these monuments in future. Without these people, who selflessly give up their time and energy, none of this would be possible.”

Frances Moreton, Director of War Memorials Trust added: "We are delighted to see so many projects benefitting from grants through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. The charity is delighted to be administering the scheme on behalf of Historic Scotland and the Scottish Government and we encourage communities across Scotland to get in touch if they want to repair and conserve their war memorials. We hope this announcement today alongside events such as 'The Repair and Maintenance of war memorials' seminar, and the site visits being made by our Conservation Officer in Scotland, will help spread the word about the scheme and ensure war memorials across Scotland benefit from this funding over the next few years as we all mark the centenary of the First World War."

The memorials to benefit in this round are located across the length and breadth of Scotland, from North Uist to Orkney, the Highlands and Moray, South Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

The all-day repair and maintenance of war memorials seminar is being held in The Hub in Edinburgh, hosted by Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust.

Experts from both organisations, as well guest speakers from Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the British Society of Master Glass Painters, are on hand to instruct attendees on the principles of conservation and repair techniques, before taking part in a workshop advising on how best to apply for funding through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. At the end of the session attendees will be invited into the National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle, where the experts will be available to chat and answer any questions on conservation and restoration.

The ten funding recipients are as follows:
  • Laurencekirk Parish, Laurencekirk Church of Scotland, Aberdeenshire: Grant offer £5,760
  • Dunscore, Dunscore, Dumfries and Galloway: Grant offer £778
  • Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow: Grant offer £1,215
  • Clyne, Brora, Highlands: Grant offer £5,914
  • Aberlour Orphanage, Aberlour, Moray: Grant offer £3,344
  • Hopeman Memorial Hall, Hopeman, Moray:  Grant offer £10,000
  • Clachan-ath-luis, Clachan, North Uist: Grant offer £2,520
  • Pierowall, Westray, Orkney: Grant offer £896
  • Gattonside, Gattonside, Scottish Borders:  Grant offer £1,665
  • Avendale Old Parish Church, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire: Grant offer £1,088

For a full list of the grant awards: www.warmemorials.org/news. Further information on the work being carried out at each memorial is available by contacting the number below.

Further information on the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund is available at: www.warmemorials.org/grants-scotland

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund has £1 million available to support the repair and conservation of any war memorial of any type anywhere in Scotland. The scheme was launched in April 2013 and will run through the centenary of First World War. Funded by the Scottish Government and Historic Scotland the scheme is administered by War Memorials Trust.  For further information visit www.warmemorials.org/grants-scotland.

  • War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity. Established in 1997 due to concerns about neglect and vandalism it works to protect and conserve war memorials. It provides advice, information and administers grants schemes that assist the repair and conservation of war memorials across the UK. As a charity the Trust relies on voluntary contributions to undertake its work. Supporters include annual and life members, donors, charitable trusts and corporate contributors.


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Alan Bannon
Historic Scotland Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805
alan.bannon@scotland.gsi.gov.uk