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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
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...
The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Renovation work resumes in March.

10 December 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
A major restoration of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s largest memorial in the world – the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme – has taken an important step...
Cemetery of the Year Award

The staff selfie from St Helen’s Cemetery, Merseyside, with their Silver Award certificate in the Large Burial Ground category of the Cemetery of the Year Awards.

12 November 2020 | Natural Stone Memorials
Despite the Coronavirus restrictions that have put Burial Authorities under increased pressure this year, with many Cemetery Managers working from home, the Cemetery of the Year Awards received more...
Normandy Memorial

160 post-tensioned Massangis 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,...

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...