The Powys War Memorials Project can deliver a wide range of free training to communities. The training can take place locally.
There is great flexibility in the type of training that can be provided because it depends on what local communities ask for, want or need. Here are just a few examples of the type of training that can be provided:
How to care for, clean and maintain war memorials.
How professionals carry out surveys and repair or restore war memorials.
How to research the names on war memorials (including family history research)
How to record the results of research about war memorials.
How to create a website to record information about war memorials.
How to use social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, to share information about war memorials and generate community interest.
How to photograph war memorials.
How to create war memorial or World War 1 heritage walks or trails.
As the project also needs to involve children and young people, training can be delivered in schools or to groups and organisations for children and young people. Similarly, training can be provided to school staff, e.g. about how to incorporate World War 1 or war memorials into the school curriculum.
If you have any particular training in mind, which you think could or would be useful or beneficial, please let Nathan Davies know. Nathan is the Powys War Memorials Project Officer.
You can either email him at Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk or phone him on 01597 827 597.
There are various volunteering opportunities with the project, such as:
1. Finding ‘lost’ or ‘unofficial’ war memorials in Powys
We know of about 300 war memorials in Powys. However, it is thought that there are considerably more than this throughout the county. One aim of the project is to find all the ‘lost’ or ‘unofficial’ memorials in Powys. They may, for example, have been moved from their original location, given to someone or taken down during building work. We are working closely with a project at Swansea University (Welsh Memorials to the Great War) to find all the ‘lost’ memorials.
2. Recording war memorials in Powys
One aim of the project is to record (e.g. location, type, size, condition and inscriptions) all the war memorials in Powys. Although we have some information about the 300 or so war memorials in Powys, we need standard detailed and accurate information for all of them. The recording process also includes photographing (or even taking video clips) of war memorials. A Toolkit has been produced by the project that can be used to help people to record war memorials. We are sharing our findings with the Imperial War Museum UK Register of War Memorials.
3. Researching the names of men and women on war memorials in Powys
One of the project aims is to find out about the men and women named on war memorials in Powys, e.g. place and date of birth, rank etc. A Toolkit has been produced by the project to help people to research the men and women named on war memorials. We are sharing any findings with the Wales at War project.
4. Maintaining war memorials in Powys
There are many different types of war memorials, including obelisks, stained glass windows, scrolls, wooden screens, plaques, benches and trees among others. Many of the war memorials need maintenance to preserve them for future generations. The type and extent of maintenance can vary considerably from cleaning an obelisk made of stone to removing dust from a wooden screen in a church. Free equipment is available through the project to help people maintain memorials. We can also give free training to anyone, who might like to contribute to the maintenance of a war memorial.
5. Developing memorial walks and trails in Powys
One aim of the project is to develop a series of walks and trails, including ‘apps’ for mobile devices, to enable people to explore war memorials. We would also like to add other places of historical importance or significance, relating to World War 1, to the walks and trails, e.g. buildings in which men and women named on memorials are
6. Contributing to the development and maintenance of the project website
The aim is to develop and maintain a website for the project. This may include, for example, information about World War 1, information about memorials in Powys, resources produced by the project and links to other relevant websites. We are looking for people to contribute to the development and maintenance of the website.
These are the main volunteering opportunities with Powys War Memorials Project. However, other opportunities may arise as the project develops.
If you would like to volunteer for the Powys War Memorials Project, please complete the volunteering application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form and send them to Nathan Davies, Powys War Memorials Project Officer.
Please also feel free to download, print and display the Powys War Memorials Project Volunteering poster.
Children and young people
One aim of the Powys War Memorials Project is to enable and encourage children and young people to engage with and participate in the project.
Schools and youth groups can use a local war memorial as a stimulus for learning, as a basis for voluntary work or as a way for young people to achieve awards or badges.
The Schools and Educational Groups’ Toolkit has been developed by Powys War Memorials Project.
The Toolkit helps schools and educational groups to record and research World War 1 memorials. It includes information about the war, different types of memorials and suggests how schools and educational groups can record, research and care for memorials.
The Toolkit also includes activities and resources linked to the curriculum.
Please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer if you would like any more information about the Toolkit. We would also be grateful if you could share any photographs, case-studies or work produced as a result of children and young people using the Toolkit.
Powys War Memorials Project linked with the Welsh Baccalaureate
26th January 2018
Welsh Baccalaureate students can now undertake three Community Challenges as part of the Powys War Memorials Project. The three Community Challenges are:
As an Individual or a member of a team (3 –6 members) you must identify World War 1 memorials in the local community. You will plan, organise and carry out 10 hours actively helping to improve the war memorials, ensuring that they are appealing and safe for the community. You will also help to improve war memorial settings and surroundings, such as garden areas, fences, gates and railings.
You will help over a period of at least 3 months. This will involve you and / or your team planning, organising, carrying out and evaluating a varied programme of appropriate World War 1 events and activities. This Challenge would be particularly suitable for students considering a course or career in geography, history, heritage or the travel and tourism sector.
The Powys War Memorials Project is inviting you to help produce the World War 1 walks and trails. Producing a World War 1 walk or trail will enable you to help others to develop their knowledge and understanding of World War 1. You must actively engage and demonstrate commitment over a minimum of 30 hours and at least 4 weeks to develop the World War 1 walk or trail.
Please visit the WJEC website for more information about the Community Challenges.