Luciana Berger MP for Wavertree shows her support for the war memorials campaign in Liverpool

An exciting opportunity has become available for communities in Liverpool to play a part in conserving and protecting their local war memorials as part of a project to commemorate the First World War.

Launched by Prime Minister David Cameron, the programme aims to inspire local communities across the country to survey and conserve their local war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and 'fitting tributes to the fallen'. 

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey. With around 1700 war memorials in Merseyside, there is no better time to make sure the tributes in Liverpool are ‘fit for heroes’. 

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, is looking for volunteers, from Liverpool, to help with this campaign.

Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree gave her support for the campaign this week.

She said “‘It is so important that we remember the enormous sacrifices made by the people of Liverpool to secure, for us all, the freedoms that we enjoy today. War memorials help us to remember the people who have given their lives. Memorials also help local communities and young people engage with local history.”

She added “I hope people will take time over the next two years to support the work of the volunteers across Liverpool Wavertree who are identifying, recording, and, where necessary, repairing our war memorials.”

David Hearn, First World War Memorials Programme co-ordinator for Merseyside said, “If people from every part of Merseyside were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be that all of the county’s memorials could be in really good condition by 2018 when the real commemoration of the end of the war takes place”.