This project is about ensuring war memorials in Southland are able to be preserved and commemorated in the near future and the long term.
There are three parts to this project. Firstly to identify and catalogue war memorial structures in Southland, secondly to create an online inventory of these memorials to assist with their long term preservation and thirdly to undertake condition reports for those structures which will require restoration in the near future.
The primary purpose of the project is to locate and preserve Southland’s war memorials. In the absence of a single database of war memorials, and as Southland’s communities become more transient, the collective knowledge of these memorials is in danger of being lost. The secondary purpose of the project is to help communities look after their memorials by providing condition assessments undertaken by professional conservators.
The funding received from the Lottery Grants Board is to fund the condition reports and structural assessments for the structures which will require restoration in the near future.