War memorials are a feature of Britain's landscape, often taken for granted, and part of the fabric of its history as a nation. The Imperial War Museum's National Inventory has sixty thousand war memorials spanning two millennia. They include works of art and the artless, the sacred and the secular, vernacular and abstract forms, all redolent with symbolism ancient and modern. The examples shown here are an eclectic mix with, perhaps, a few surprises. They are intended as a tribute to the victims of war and as tangible reminders of significant events, deserving remembrance and necessitating their conservation as part of the national heritage.
Jim Corke read law at Birmingham University before reporting for National Services. Twenty years and a regular commission later he was 'demobbed' at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham, to begin a second career in teaching. He is a regional volunteer for the Friends of War Memorials and the Imperial War Museum, London.
The road to remembrance; Long stones and high crosses; Liminal lights; Singularities; Monumentalists.