The council is really proud of the work it has done with residents and communities to mark the centenary event this year.
In considering the request made to clean Memorials the Council has taken further advice from Bonsers Building Restoration and Conservation and the Conservation Officer; based on that advice the Huthwaite and Sutton monuments have today been sensitively cleaned ahead of this weekend’s centenary events. The cleaning method will seek to meet community aspirations but in such a way as to ensure the monuments are not damaged for future years.
Following advice from the Conservation Officer, our approved specialists (Bonsers Building Restoration and Conservation) and based on guidance from the War Memorials Trust, the Council is proposing to take a long term conservation approach to the War Memorials and is looking to get them surveyed and conserved.
War Memorials need to be treated with the utmost care and some cleaning methods can be harmful. Cleaning should be undertaken to reduce the impact of harmful pollutants and not to make them look like new. The age and weathering is part of their character and history. The Council cannot support more intensive methods such use of chemicals or jet washing.
The Council is planning to work with the War Memorials Trust to undertake the surveys and necessary conservation work. The areas around the War Memorials are being cleaned and planted to ensure they look their best for the centenary and the Council has worked closely with lots of community groups to ensure we mark this historic occasion.
The Council has marked the Centenary celebrations this year by:
- Installing Lest We Forget signs at 11 gateway signs
- Supported a community led Poppy Downpour installation
- Installing poppy lights across the district
- Preparing poppy beds across the district
- Installing four Tommies as part of the There But Not There campaign
- Hosting an Armed Forces Day event
- Marking Merchant Navy Day in September