Help and Guidance: Recording Remembrance

The Recording Remembrance application allows you to record the memorial and person information you have chosen to research and will guide you through the information which is needed to record this data in an accurate way. Please see the Visiting a Memorial page on your left for the Sussex Recording Remembrance Project Pack and Contributor Guidance.

Further information can be found below and on the other help pages to the left.

What is a memorial?

A memorial is an object designed to preserve the memory of a person or an event. In the context of the ‘Recording Remembrance’ project our aim is to record all forms of war memorial within the participating Counties.

Future posterity
It’s a community project and anyone can help out. And we are also asking local parish councils and community groups to publicise the project and recruit volunteers. Once the information has been collected, you can add it to our Recording Remembrance website where it will be fed into the relevant Historic Environment Records (HER) to ensure that the war memorials are recorded for future generations.

Collating what’s known
The aim of the project is to record all aspects of a memorial including information about location, condition, form and inscription. We would like digital images (photographs, drawings) of the memorials that we can then link to the HER record. There may be an element of research needed to establish whether the memorials are still where they were originally located, but also to find, where possible, the date that they were erected. There may also be additional information on buildings built as memorials such as memorial halls and memorial cottages. You might find this source this information from parish records within the County Record Offices.

Although this project has been designed to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, and therefore to record those memorials erected to those lost in that war, we would like to record all war memorials including those listed below.

This list is not exhaustive, but gives the approximate date ranges for the main wars commemorated by war memorials:

  • Napoleonic Wars: 1803-1815
  • Crimean War: 1853-1856
  • Boer War: 1880-1881
  • 2nd Boer War: 1899-1902
  • First World War: 1914-1918 or 1919
  • Second World War: 1939-1945 (South East Asia 1945-1946)
  • Korean War: 1950-1953
  • Northern Ireland Conflict: late 1960’s-1998
  • Iraq War: 2003-2009