Preston City Council has successfully secured £835,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the 'Preston Remembers' project, a major part of which is the renovation of the city’s Cenotaph in preparation for the centenary of the First World War.
The project is a collaboration between all the museums in Preston, plus involvement from partners including UCLan, Preston CSV and Preston Vocational Centre - providing a great opportunity to pass on skills to young people. These include the experience of working with veterans and learning about the country’s important history and the contribution of local people.
Now this funding is in place, work can begin in earnest in spring 2013. The restoration of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s original design will include an inscription commemorating those service personnel who have sadly lost their lives since 1945. The Memorial restoration scheme was designed by Landscape Projects and Research Design Architecture Ltd. and work is planned to be completed in November 2013.
(Picture above left shows an artist's impression of what the renovated Cenotaph might look like)
Temporary exhibitions, interactive maps and tours, and school workshops are just some of the activities planned over the next three years to help people learn about the memorial’s history and that of the people of Preston at the time.
100 volunteers will be recruited and will be involved with historic research, running events, delivering training programmes and helping out with the future maintenance of the memorial.
Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council, said:
“This vital funding can now enable the restoration of Preston’s Cenotaph at a very important time in history. The council is thrilled to have been successful in the bid, and all the partners will now work together on this project ensuring the work is carried out with the necessary sensitivity required.”
Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said:
“In the run up to the centenary of the First World War, we are remembering the great sacrifices that were made by men and women across the country more than ever.
Preston’s War Memorial stands as a moving reminder of the great loss of life suffered in Preston during the conflict. We are really proud to be supporting this project that will not only see the memorial restored but also ensure the continued legacy of remembrance for future generations.The Heritage Lottery Fund is keen to support projects that focus on the Great War and this one is a perfect example.”