Public urged to photograph local war memorials this bank holiday weekend

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The Imperial War Museum has put out a call to the public to submit photographs of their local war memorial so they can be preserved for the future.

The museum is asking for people to “help fill the gaps” in its 80,000 digital records by taking pictures while out and about this bank holiday and into the summer.

Nelson's Column
Nelson’s Column (Brian Mawdsley)

“They continue to act as focal points for how we honour the sacrifices of past generations and to provide insight into the changing face of commemoration as well as artistic, social, military and community history.

The memorial in Brighton to commemorate the Royal Sussex Regiment
The memorial in Brighton to commemorate the Royal Sussex Regiment (Jeremy Bartlett)

“By supporting us to add to our records from across the UK, people will be contributing to the preservation of important history and helping to make war memorials accessible to wider audiences.”

The museum currently holds records for over 80,000 memorials in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The Richmond War Memorial
The Richmond War Memorial (IWM)

It is hoped that by taking photos of the UK’s memorials – while still following Government lockdown guidelines – the public can help preserve them for future generations, and open them up to more people.

People can find out whether their local memorial already has an image on the register by visiting and can send in any images to

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