War Memorials Archive (United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials)
This project is based at the Imperial War Museum London. It is a project to list and locate more than 100,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom from all conflicts, ranging from a small plaque on the wall to a large town memorial.
The War Memorials Archive (UKNIWM) is a registered charity no. 1108563.
Search for Memorials
Using the online search facility provided by the War Memorials Archive it is possible to search for a memorial using a simple or an advanced search. The results provide helpful information about the current location of the memorial by building and street plus an Ordnance Survey map reference. You can also find out information relating to whether it was moved from a previous location and the reason why. The search result will show what type of memorial it is and what it is made of. A general inscription on the memorial will be provided in the search result, with the number of those commemorated, whether they returned or died, and the nature of the details inscribed for each of those idnividuals, for example whether they are named by surnames and ordered alphabetically.
However, please be advised that currently the names of those on a particular United Kingdom memorial will not be available online until this has been transferred to a database currently being compiled (see below). In many cases the names are held in the records of the War Memorials Archive, and enquiries can be directed to the project to ask if this information about an individual on a particular memorial exists.
Information relating to the memorial that is provided by the online search includes:
- Total names on memorial
- Number of those who served and returned
- Number of those who died
- Whether it is an exact count
- How are the names are ordered
- The information also listed on the memorial
- Whether a list of names on the memorial is held in the UKNIWM files (for future inclusion on a searchable database)
Online Search for Names: Database In Progress
As stated above, the list of names included on the United Kingdom memorials is not yet available to search, although some names are indeed held by the War Memorials Archive within the paper records they have gathered already for respective memorials.
A database of names featured on the United Kingdom war memorials, which was started in conjuction with the Channel 4 TV programme “Lost Generation”, is currently unavailable to browse. The data was been passed from Channel 4 to the UK National Inventory of War Memorials and is in the process of being retrieved. In due course the full database of names will be available as an integral part of this whole project.
Volunteers are invited to assist with the inputting of the names and some areas of the United Kingdom are still requiring coverage for locating memorials.
Find out about the War Memorials Archive (UKNIWM)
For further information, how to follow the blog and to find out how you may be able to help the project as a volunteer visit the War Memorials Archive (UKNIWM) website:
War Memorial Surveys & Regional War Memorial Websites
A list of surveys and regional websites for war memorials across the United Kingdom is provided on the War Memorials Archive website. See here for the web page and listings:
Website: www.ukniwm.org Links
Tracing World War 1 Family History
For information about how and where to find records for research into family history see our section of pages at: