What are Victoria Cross paving stones?

The Victoria Cross paving stones campaign is a UK wide initiative by the Department for Communities and Local Government for the First World War Centenary. A commemorative paving stone engraved with the Victoria Cross will be placed close to the birth place of all those individuals who were born in the UK who were conferred with the nation’s highest award for gallantry during the First World War. Those born outside the UK will be recognised either in a suitable UK location or in their home country. The stones are not considered to be war memorials.

Who has created the UK War Memorials website and why?

UK War Memorials has been created with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to provide a single place where everyone can find information from all the major national organisations involved in the recording, conservation and listing of war memorials as well as those who provide expertise, access to funding and ways to get involved.

How can I get involved in recording war memorials?

In England, you can become a volunteer with Historic England, War Memorials Trust and Civic Voice and take part in the First World War Centenary programme to list 500 war memorials each year of the Centenary. You can help record and preserve war memorials by carrying out a condition survey and adding to War Memorials Online.

Where can I find out about First World War Centenary commemorative projects and events?

The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums (IWM), is a growing network of more than 3,000 not for profit organisations in 50 countries, organising a wide range of projects and events. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) provides details of events happening at their cemeteries and memorials.

Where can I find information about researching war memorials with schools and youth groups

If you are a teacher you can access information about visiting a war memorial and doing a condition survey with school children. There is also a range of downloadable teaching resources available from War Memorials Trust.