Coventry's War Memorials - Can You Help?
In August 2014 we will open an exhibition entitled The Great War: Coventry's Story. This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It focuses on the experiences of Coventry people during the conflict and the vital contribution made by Coventry to the war effort. The exhibition will feature objects, photographs and archive material from the Herbert's collections telling the stories of Coventry men and women who served in the armed forces, worked in the munitions factories in the city, or simply lived through these times.
More than 30,000 men from Coventry served in the armed forces during the war and around 3,000 lost their lives.
After the war, memorials were created to commemorate those who had fought and died. The best known one in Coventry is the War Memorial Park with its imposing 27 metre high monument and hundreds of trees dedicated to soldiers killed in the war. But most churches, schools, factories, community centres and clubs had a memorial.
As part of the research for our exhibition we are researching and recording as many of Coventry’s memorials as possible. The work is being done by four students from Coventry University - Ian Jones, Kristopher Turner, Mitchell Wheeler and Jordan Wallace. They are being advised by local historians and the Coventry Society.
If you know of a war memorial hidden away in your neighbourhood, we would be pleased to hear from you.
If you think you can help, please contact Huw Jones on 024 76237553, or firstname.lastname@example.org.