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About the Learning Programme

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting pupils from Knights Templar School © Duncan Soar Photography, 2012 War Memorials Trust is the charity dedicated to the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK.

The Trust has developed its Learning Programme to teach young people, the next generation of war memorial custodians, about the history and significance of war memorials.

There are estimated to be 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Nearly every community has at least one war memorial remembering its members who were affected by conflict, and these should be cherished and preserved for and by future generations.

For this to happen today’s young people need to understand the significance of our war memorial heritage, and War Memorials Trust’s Learning Programme can help this happen.


“… where is the safeguard, or the assurance that the memorial placed therein with the best of intentions shall remain there in perpetuity?” Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard at the unveiling of the Crudwell war memorial, 6th November 1920.


Students from Portsmouth Grammar School studying a local war memorial © S Lemieux, 2012By discovering the history of their local war memorial, and the fascinating personal stories of those commemorated,  we hope young people in schools and youth groups will be inspired to continue the important work of preserving our war memorial heritage as tomorrow’s custodians. 

In this section, you can find more information about the Learning Programme; what it does, what we aim to achieve, how it has developed, and who is involved. Please use the left hand menu to access the information you want.

If you need any further information about the Learning Programme please contact the Learning Officer.

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