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Help shine a light on our regions forgotten or unknown memorials

PUBLISHED: 08:03 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 05 March 2018

The Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham. Picture: Ian Burt

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The hunt is on for our region’s secret, forgotten or unknown memorials.

The 60th anniversary wreath at the Henry Blogg memorial in Cromer.The 60th anniversary wreath at the Henry Blogg memorial in Cromer.

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to murals and shrines, statues, inscriptions on benches and trees - from a sculpture in memory of benefactor King John in King’s Lynn to a memorial to honour the lifeboat crew members who lost their lives in 1880 in Wells.

Now, as part of a nationwide call-out, Historic England is asking people to share their knowledge of secret, unknown and forgotten memorials in the area.

The public body responsible for championing and looking after England’s historic environment wants photographs and information about the lesser-known memorials, as well as those that are well-loved by small groups or communities but unknown nationally.

They are also looking for rituals and activities attached to memorials.

Eliza Adams Lifeboat Memorial, Wells-next-to-Sea.. Copyright Historic EnglandEliza Adams Lifeboat Memorial, Wells-next-to-Sea.. Copyright Historic England

The public’s stories and pictures will be recorded to form part of an exhibition in the autumn. The best examples of community memorials may be listed by Historic England as part of its efforts to protect and champion what is special in the historic environment.

The hunt is part of Immortalised, a season launched by Historic England to help people explore the country’s memorial landscape – who is reflected, who is missing, and why. It will include events, an exhibition, a debate and a design competition.

A series of well-documented challenges to the memorials of figures including Cecil Rhodes and Edward Colston, and the absence of representations of women and people of colour from statues in our cities and squares has brought the subject to the fore in recent months.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “We are creatures of memory, and every generation has commemorated people in the built environment. Their stories may involve episodes of heroism or generosity and be inspirational, or they may involve episodes which are shameful by today’s standards. They all tell us something about the lives of our ancestors. This is a terrifically important subject and that’s why we have launched the Immortalised season.”

Immortalised will not tackle the subject of war memorials.

Does your community have a memorial to be proud of? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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