Tell us about your war memorial
War Memorials Trust and the SmartWater Foundation are working in partnership to locate, log and protect thousands of war memorials across the United Kingdom using cutting edge forensic technology. In Memoriam 2014 is supported by the Royal British Legion and the Cadet Forces.
As the name suggests this project is using the forthcoming centenary of World War I to help communities preserve their war memorial heritage. In Memoriam 2014 will protect memorials at risk of theft or damage by marking them with SmartWater. The crime prevention fluid, which is being made available at no charge, will not only make memorials uniquely identifiable, it also offers robust traceability should a theft occur. It is a high temperature solution that will withstand burning and melting making it harder for criminals to dispose of stolen metals. Academic research carried out by Perpetuity Research Group on over 100 criminals demonstrated that 91% were aware of SmartWater whilst 74% said that it would deter them from carrying out criminal activity if they knew SmartWater were being used. This demonstrates that SmartWater will act as a significant deterrent to those considering desecrating our war memorials and will substantially increase the chances of their detection and subsequent arrest.
There is thought to be approximately 100,000 war memorials in the British Isles ranging from the 7th century to the present day. Memorials range from crosses, to bridges, to buildings, to fabric and fittings within churches to name just a few of the many memorial types. The concept of In Memoriam 2014 is to encourage local communities and youth groups to identify and get involved with war memorials. The information obtained from those that apply will be used by War Memorials Trust to help its work protecting and conserving war memorials. The increased awareness of war memorial issues that this campaign will create will enable the charity to promote the importance of best conservation practice through its advisory and grant-making activities.