Hall Conservation is looking forward to the Saturday 10th November re-opening event for the Poole Park War Memorial which we’ve had the pleasure of restoring.
Elements restored include the gates, coat of arms, and the stone memorials. The gates were removed for extensive cleaning and restoration in our workshops. New iron details such as leaves and scrolls were fabricated to restore damaged areas on the gates. The gates are now back in place in Poole Park on the south coast.
The Grade II listed war memorial will be reopened by the Mayor of Poole at around 11am on Saturday 10th November 2018. This year, of course, marks the centenary of World War I. The special service will remember the 711 people from the Poole area who gave their lives during The Great War. Events running in the park are aimed at families and include Storytelling Theatre inspired by local stories from WWI, music from the period, painting Poppy pebbles, as well as explaining the story of the conservation of the monument.
The restoration work carried out by Hall Conservation was made possible by grants from National Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, and the War Memorials Trust.
Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust, said: “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials.”