Caring for our War Memorials

 

There are more than 3000 war memorials in NSW. Every one of the state's war memorials is unique; together they represent a hugely significant heritage resource of national importance and a public collection of memorial art that binds together millions of Australians through ties of remembrance. 

The purpose of war memorials is commemoration. This information pack has been prepared by NSW Public Works to provide guidance to tradespeople and those looking after war memorials in understanding how to act appropriately to safeguard their significance and maintain their fabric and setting.

The information is intended to show how local communities can honour their servicemen with due ceremony while protecting the commemorative objects themselves from risk and damage so that their values can be passed on to future generations of Australians.

Most war memorials will not require repair or restoration. Some may require minor works of ongoing maintenance. A few may justify major works on the basis of sound evaluation of risks. Responsible management means knowing what action is required, if any, and when. With the right knowledge and awareness we can all participate in safeguarding this unique artistic achievement so that the special values, associations and meanings attached to the state's war memorials will endure.

Read the guide: Caring for War Memorials [found on: Office of Veterans' Affairs, NSW, Caring for War Memorials]

Disclaimer: Best endeavours have been made to provide accurate advice, NSW Public Works and the Trustees of the ANZAC Memorial take no responsibility for any loss or damage based on the information provided.

Useful Links

General

Community War Memorials Fund and information for applicants — Veterans Affairs (NSW)

Guidelines for Cemetery ConservationNational Trust (NSW)

War Memorial Help Sheets — War Memorials Trust 

Preserving war heritage and memorabilia — Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)

Technical Services - Preservation Briefs — National Park Service - US Department of the Interior

Understanding Significance

Charters — Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

Assessing heritage significance — Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)

Documentation

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/maintenance12documentingmaint.pdf

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/infoarchivalrecords.pdf

Cleaning

www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/preservedocs/Keeping-It-Clean.pdf

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/tagbiologicalgrowths.pdf

Graffiti

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/informguide-graffiti.pdf

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/advice/advice-by-topic/buildings/maintenance-and-repair/graffiti-removal/

Masonry

http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/concrete/concrete.htm

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/informguide-masonry.pdf

Metals

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/informguide-bronze.pdf

http://www.warmemorials.org/uploads/publications/255.pdf

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/maintenance31metalwork.pdf

Plantings and setting

http://www.warmemorials.org/uploads/publications/359.pdf

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/heritagegardensandgrounds.pdf

Repointing Mortar Joints

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/heritagebranch/heritage/tagrepointjointsupdate.pdf

http://www.spab.org.uk/advice/technical-qas/technical-qa-21-inappropriate-cement-pointing/

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/informguide-ashlar.pdf