Preston Memorial Challenge

As well as the Cenotaph, Preston has a number of other memorials in the area. These range from stained glass windows and vases, to memorial halls and village statues.

In order to capture the information held on these memorials we have initiated the Memorial Challenge. This project is working with local communities to audit, record and research these memorials, working with current and ex-service personnel, youth groups and volunteers. We are also working on the care and maintenance of those memorials most in need. Memorials that we have audited are featured on the map above.

If you would like to get involved in the Memorial Challenge, or know of a memorial we haven’t yet covered, you can see volunteer opportunities, or contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

We are storing research that has been completed on names from these memorials on the Imperial War Museums ‘Lives of the First World War’ website. This is an open source website and as well as looking through what research has been undertaken on individual names, you can also add your own information. Read more about the ‘Lives of the First World War‘ website.

This is an ongoing project and will continue throughout the four years of the Preston Remembers programme.

We have a small grants fund for people looking to undertake conservation work to their memorials. More information can be found here.


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Preston’s Roll of Honour forms, collected during and after the First World War for a temporary memorial on the ground floor of the Harris Library, Museum & Art Gallery and then for the final Roll of Honour on the Harris staircase, completed in 1927.