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Normandy Memorial

160 post-tensioned Massengis limestone columns carry the names of 22,442 people who died in the D-Day landings and subsequent battle of Normandy.

14 September 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
Architect Liam O’Connor and stonemasons S McConnell & Sons, who worked together on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and the Bomber Command Memorial in Green...
Carrie Horwood war memorial

A close up of Carrie's lettering on the natural stone face of the war memorial she is carving.

4 September 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
Carrie Horwood of Cat’s Eye Carving in Lydney, Gloucestershire, has resumed work on a commission for a First & Second World War memorial that had been delayed by the coronavirus lockdown....
Black Labrador memorial

The new memorial produced by Draper Memorials, who are proud of their work.

12 August 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
You have to feel sorry for Ian Credland of Draper Memorials in Lincolnshire. He does a lot of work for the RAF, as he has done since 1974. In June he was asked to re-word the memorial to a dog owned...
 
Covid-19 headstone

More deaths usually mean more headstones sold but nobody is celebrating this year's increase in mortality and it might not even mean more memorials are sold.

14 June 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
The UK’s long-term lower mortality rate has not been great news for memorial masons but nobody wanted it to end like this.When the number of people dying weekly is more than twice what would...
Engineered stone

An interesting case of decay and one reason to use natural stone rather than a man-made material, which this is.

27 May 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
Here's an interesting case of a memorial headstone decay posted on Twitter by someone who calls themselves graveyarddetective. The answer to what has caused it is kindly supplied by the...
Jon Gedling and Marie Smallwood

Jon Gedling, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Director of Works, and Marie Smallwood, Historic England’s Development Advice Team Leader for the North West, at the Grade II listed Merchant Navy War Memorial on Liverpool Docks, which has been restored. The CWGC's approach to conservation has been formally recognised in a new agreement with Historic England.

19 March 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
Historic England and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) have renewed a joint commitment to care for England’s commemorative heritage, mostly recorded in stone.Historic England and...
CYA winners

Winners of this year's national Cemetery of the Year Awards at the presentation ceremony this month.

29 September 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
This year's Cemetery of the Year Award winners were announced at the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management (ICCM) Learning Convention & Exhibition at the Chesford Grange Hotel,...
MoD

Ian Wilkins and Mandy Drummond from the MoD during NAMM Tradex in June when they explained what the MoD needs. The tenders to supply the memorials are now open online.

19 August 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the Ministry of Defence (MoD) presentation at NAMM Tradex inviting tenders for the supply of stone memorials, it has now advertised its requirements for Karin Granite Memorials and...
Video still

StoneSafe proprietor Anton Matthews maintains there is an error in the new British Standard for memorials (BS 8415) and has made a video showing how easy it is to push a memorial over when what he believes are the correct test conditions are used. The video (below) begins with two people trying to pull 150kg on The Blast Shop Stand at the NAMM Tradex exhibition this year. They could not do it.

26 July 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Standard for lawn memorials, BS 8415, was reviewed and amended last year. Among the changes were the requirements for testing memorial safety systems that stop headstones from falling...
HRH Duke of Kent

HRH The Duke of Kent inspects the names cut by laser on to Cwt-y-Bugail slate in the new World War I memorial in Nottingam. His Royal Highness officially opened the memorial on 28 June.

29 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
A new World War I memorial in Nottingham with 13,501 names cut by laser into its Cwt-y-Bugail Welsh slate (supplied by Berwyn) was unveiled yesterday (28 June) by HRH The Duke of Kent supported...
CWGC new visitor centre in France

A small part of the Commonweralth War Graves Commission's first visitor centre, where you can see the work of craftspeople including its stonemasons.

28 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has opened its first, specially built visitor centre in Beaurains, France, just an hour’s drive from the channel ports. See the CWGC video...
Odlings 2017

Odlings MCR will be back at NAMM Tradex at Warwickshire Exhbition Centre on 20 & 21 June with its equipment for memorial masons but sister company Odlings that sells memorials and most of the other UK memorial wholesalers have decided to take a gap year from Tradex this time.

14 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The NAMM Tradex exhibition for memorial masons is back at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa on 20 & 21 June. The UK’s memorial wholesalers say they have decided to take a...
David Francis

David Francis, who has devoted a lifetime to the stone industry in the UK, recently by writing about and answering queries about memorials. He has now decided to retire.

18 May 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis was a hands-on mason who specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding memorial masonry, David is happy to help. In the...
Testing memorial fixing systems

NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge memorial fixing systems it approved before British Standard 8415 was revised this year. The systems now have to be tested in a 1m3 pit filled with sand and fine gravel.

20 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge ground anchor memorial fixing systems it has already approved.The need for them to be re-tested is a result of the clarification of the testing method to be...
Tyne Cot cemetery

The Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium where 3,605 British and Commonwealth soldiers are buried, each grave marked by a Portland limestone headstone without favour for rank or social position. Find out more by visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new online exhibition at https://shapingoursorrow.cwgc.org/

All photographs courtesy of the CWGC.

5 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The four years of World War I centenary commemorations came to an end on 11 November with Armistice Day services at war memorials up and down the country as well as at the Cenotaph in London. But...

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