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Introduction to war memorials

Secondary school pupil studying a war memorial © S Lemieux, 2012War Memorials Trust aims to educate young people about the importance of war memorials, both in the past and in the present day. With this knowledge young people, the future custodians of the UK’s war memorials, will be able to continue our work to protect and conserve war memorials and ensure they remain in our communities forever.

The lesson plans in this section cover general war memorial issues, including:

  • the history of the UK's war memorials and Remembrance
  • researching the names on war memorials and using them to learn about local history
  • the varying designs of the UK's memorials

The Trust's lesson plans have been written by our Learning Officer and tested in schools. They are fully linked to the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.


Using the lesson plans

Please use the links on the left to access the lesson plans. We have designed these plans to be flexible and you can download and use the lesson immediately or adapt it and the accompanying resources to your specific needs.


Other resources

Our helpsheets for teachers, YouTube channel and online Gallery of war memorial images provide further support for these lessons.

We will soon be expanding the range of lessons we offer so please visit again. War Memorials Trust values feedback on our education resources and is grateful for any comments or suggestions for new resources. Please visit our feedback page to get in touch with us.

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