Preston Remembers is a partnership project between Preston City Council, the Preston Museums Group and the University of Central Lancashire, as well as a number of smaller organisations such as the Armed Forces Group, Dig In North West, Preston Vocational Centre and CSV Preston. The project is centred on the forthcoming centenary of the First World War and Preston’s Cenotaph which is in the heart of Preston on Market Square. The much needed restoration of the Cenotaph is almost complete, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The next phase is a three year activity programme including formal learning opportunities, exhibitions and events, community projects and the creation of digital resources.
One part of the project is the ‘Cenotaph Challenge’. The project is looking to work with local communities to audit, record and research the memorials across the area, working with current and ex-service personnel, youth groups and volunteers. We are also looking to work on the care and maintenance of those memorials most in need.
We are working with the War Memorials Trust, Imperial War Museums and our partners to:-
- offer support to custodians of war memorials, in the form of practical advice and work, as well as financial assistance.
- involve volunteers who wish to work on the project in many different aspects, whether on caring for one local memorial or researching names from across the city. Volunteers will be offered substantial training and opportunities to learn more so they get the best possible experience
- engage young people, including the Armed Forces Cadets, the Sea Scouts, local Guide and Scout troops and schools to help them learn more about this vital part of their heritage
- connect to communities to help with the care and maintenance of their local war memorial to engender pride
Please come along to meet those involved on the project, and for some festive refreshments!
Please RSVP to Claire Selby on 01772 906880 or firstname.lastname@example.org