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The Glade of Light

The 'halo' of Carrara marble called The Glade of Light that commemorates those who died in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

Photo: Manchester City Council

5 January 2022 | Natural Stone Memorials
Today (5 January) a fence was removed from around a Carrara marble memorial to the 22 people who died in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena in May 2017.An official...
Maquettes of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The designs of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to be carved life size in Portland limestone for the Royal Albert Hall by London Stone Carving.

15 December 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Niches in an entrance porch of the Royal Albert Hall on London’s South Bank that have remained empty since the Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 are to be filled with Portland limestone...
Normandy Veterans at Ver-sur-Mer

Normandy Veterans at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer.

11 November 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
D-Day Veterans, whose invasion of Normandy marked the beginning of the end of World War II, have finally been able to visit the splendid British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, officially opened...
Ernest Joyce memorial

The granite memorial carrying the blue plaque made by Bognor Regis memorial mason The Memorial Stone Centre.

8 October 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Ernest Joyce, who served on the Antarctic expeditions of both Scott and Shackleton, now has a blue plaque on a purpose-made plinth in his home town of Felpham in West Sussex, thanks to Felpham Parish...
Memorial Design Award winner 2021

The winning entry in the new Memorial Design Award category of the Cemetery of the Year Awards. It is the work of Mackays Memorial Headstones in Scotland.

30 September 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Cemetery of the Year Awards, designed to raise the profile and awareness of stone memorials, went ahead for the second year against a backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic that has put burial...
David Francis

David Francis, who sadly died on 7 August after a long and fulfilling life in the stone industry. He is a great loss to the industry.

14 August 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Written by Douglas Swan of Douglas Swan & Sons, monumental sculptors in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway for more than 155 years, in conjunction with Pam Francis, David’s widow....
Geology in gravestones exhibition

An exhibition called The Geology of Oxford Gravestones opens in the Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, on Saturday 17 July and runs until 12 September.

15 July 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
For geologists – whether amateur, student or professional – almost any urban cemetery provides an opportunity to carry out scientific field work, right on your doorstep and at no cost....
British Normandy Memorial

The British Normandy Memorial commemorating those under British command who lost their lives on D-Day in 1944 and the subsequent Battle of Normandy.

12 July 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Stone specialist S McConnell & Sons worked with architect Liam O’Connor to produce this worthy memorial to 22,442 people who fought and died in the name of freedom.Long overdue. That’...
Odlings Farndale

The Farndale memorial from Odlings in a Lavender Blue granite. Odlings was 150 years old last year but celebrations were unfortunately curtailed by Covid.

12 June 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Although memorial masons are receiving lots of enquiries and orders, Brexit and the pandemic have combined to hit supplies. It might have been known as the year of the Brexit transition had that...
Cromer War Memorial

Cromer War Memorial following its renovation by Cliveden Conservation, which gained the company an Award in the Carving, Lettering & Sculpture category of 2020's 20th Natural Stone Awards, presented online only this year.

11 June 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
During the centenary of World War I between 2014 and 2018 many memorials erected to those who lost their lives in the erroneously named ‘war to end all wars’ were renovated. One of those...
Normandy D-Day Memorial

The Massangis limestone memorial in Normandy to those under British command who died on D-Day and in the subsequent battle was unveiled on Sunday, 6 June.

7 June 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Normandy Memorial officially opened on Sunday 6 June, 77 years to the day since D-Day, when the armed forces of Britain and its allies landed on the beaches of Normandy in an operation...
CoE Contested Heritage report

A 32-page report from the Church of England tells churches and cathedrals how to address historic racism recorded in stone and glass in the buildings. The report can be downloaded here.

16 May 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials | 2 Comments
Both the Church of England and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have faced up to the fact that Britain’s imperial past had an element of racism about it that is preserved on memorials in...
Cemetery of the Year Award

There is a new £1,000 prize for the best memorial in the Cemetery of the Year Awards this year.

22 March 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
A new category for ‘best memorial’ in the Cemetery of the Year Awards (CYA) gives masons a chance to win £1,000, thanks to the sponsorship of BRAMM, the register of approved...
memorial foundation

Norrvidinge of Sweden has made a memorial foundation using recycled plastic.

11 March 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Prompted by the announcement  in the previous issue of NSS that Stone Safe is offering a recycled plastic ground anchor for its headstone stability system, a company in Sweden got in touch to...
Stone-Safe logo

Stone-Safe has developed an ecological recycled plastic memorial headstone fixing system.

17 January 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials | 1 Comment
The Stone-Safe memorial headstone fixing system has been developed to be used with an ecologically sound recycled plastic ground anchor. The Stone-Safe system is an indisputedly secure headstone...