A war memorial within Laurencekirk Parish Church is one of 10 across Scotland to receive grant money for essential conservation work.
The church has shared in £33,000 of grant funding, having received £5760 to help restore a memorial stained glass window which has faced a number of issues, including paint loss and uneveness.
The grant will support the removal of the stained glass window to allow for conservation work to take place. This will include replacement of decayed or stretched lead, low level cleaning and the consolidation of remaining paintwork. Once the window is put back into the church a new ventilated protective glazing will be installed.
The money represents the latest round of awards from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund’s allocation of £1 million, available to local communities throughout Scotland to help restore their war memorials and to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The grants were announced as a seminar in Edinburgh was being held to educate people interested in the conservation of memorials on how to restore and maintain these vital reminders of our heritage.
The announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, who said: “The immense sacrifice of those Scottish men and women who died during the First World War and other conflicts, should never be forgotten.
‘‘These memorials, which serve not to celebrate war but to honour those who died, are a tangible reminder of our history and heritage, and every effort should be made to maintain them for future generations.
“Projects like the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, along with events like the repair and maintenance seminar, help the people of Scotland continue to pay their respects to those who fell during both world wars and other conflicts, and hopefully encourage more people to volunteer to maintain these monuments in future. Without these people, who selflessly give up their time and energy, none of this would be possible.”
Frances Moreton, director of War Memorials Trust, added: “We are delighted to see so many projects benefitting from grants through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund. The charity is delighted to be administering the scheme on behalf of Historic Scotland and the Scottish Government and we encourage communities across Scotland to get in touch if they want to repair and conserve their war memorials.
“We hope this announcement today alongside events such as ‘The Repair and Maintenance of war memorials’ seminar, and the site visits being made by our Conservation Officer in Scotland, will help spread the word about the scheme and ensure war memorials across Scotland benefit from this funding over the next few years as we all mark the centenary of the First World War.”