Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: War Memorials Trust

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: War Memorials Trust

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One fight that seems to have been won is that spearheaded by the War Memorials Trust to preserve the thousands of memorials -- monuments, statues, plinths, tablets -- erected across the country to honour our war dead. Through conservation grants and hard graft, and a clampdown on the scrap-metal trade, many decaying and vandalised memorials have been rescued.

Inventories are being compiled, guides published, and now English Heritage is staging an exhibition atop Wellington Arch (until 30 November) that explores the history of six London memorials in its keeping. Two are visible from the arch: Jagger's Royal Artillery masterpiece (above) and Derwent Wood's more controversial David, commemorating the Suicide Club, aka the Machine Gun Corps. The others are the Cenotaph, Edith Cavell, the Belgian Gratitude Memorial and Earl Haig. …

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