‘Cenotaph or War Memorial? A tour’ by Charlie Mackeith

The tour, developed for The Monument and the Changing City symposium, explains the design development of Gilbert Scott’s memorials between 1919 and their completion in 1926. The memorials, in the city square and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, are placed in the context of the national search for appropriate commemoration of the sacrifice of so many that decimated the populations of Britain’s towns and villages. With vague central government recommendations each community produced varied responses specific to unique, local demands. Using examples of Scott’s design drawings the tour explains how one of Britain’s leading architects developed a language of commemoration for Preston that, in addition to the memorials, gave the world one of the iconic symbols of Britain.

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