What is remembered in our park?

What is remembered in our park?

What is remembered in our park?


1) Background information


Since parks were public places, they were often used to commemorate people and events – local or national. Parks often had large spaces for people to gather and remember, as well as places to be alone for private contemplation. Consequently, several war memorials can be found in parks.

Parks were also used to commemorate the area’s past or its main industries, which further strengthened links with the community.

Examples of commemorative features in public parks can be found in the memorials folder. These include statues, fountains, memorials, plaques, buildings and special gardens.



What is remembered in our park?

2) What to look for in your park and what to ask?

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From which war is this a memorial and where was it fought? What is the significance of the date? How many local people were involved? What is the local regiment and where is it based?

Image:© David Walmsley


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Who is this person and why are they commemorated? What did they contribute to the community or country? Who erected the statue?

Image: © David Walmsley

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What was the tragedy and when did it take place? Who was affected and what was the outcome?

Image: © David Walmsley


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What building used to stand nearby?

Image: © David Walmsley


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What does the fountain commemorate? Who paid for the fountain and why? What does the inscription say?

Image: © David Walmsley


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What is the local connection to a national event?

Image: © David Walmsley


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What is the significance of these artefacts? Why were they placed there? Are these industries still functioning? If not, what happened? Do children know of any people employed in these industries?

Image: Miners Garden and Swindon Engine wheels © David Walmsley


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Why did someone put this dedication plaque here?

Image: Seat dedication © David Walmsley


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Where did this conflict take place and what is the local connection?

Image: Plimsoll Bridge dedication © David Walmsley


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What is the ‘story’ behind this dedication?

Image: Workers Day Plaque © David Walmsley


What is remembered in our park?

3) Activities during your visit

Look for different ways that people been commemorated in your park. Sketch or photograph them. Why might that type of memorial have been chosen? What is the memorial made of? What condition is it in? Is it protected in any way?

Record any inscriptions on it. Analyse the language used. What is the meaning behind any Latin inscriptions? Look for who placed the memorial there. Why has it been placed in that part of your park? Mark it on a plan of the park.

Look at how people are depicted on any statues. What is he or she holding or wearing? Where are they looking? Discuss the use of symbolism on memorials. Have any events been commemorated in your park?

Has your area’s past or any of its main industries been commemorated in any way?


What is remembered in our park?

4) Activities in school

Talk about why your park was chosen to erect specific memorials. Research the people who are commemorated. Why was the memorial erected? What was their contribution to the community or the country? Did they have any involvement with your park?

Find out more about an event that is commemorated. Why is it significant? What is the local link? How might people have been involved or affected? Who paid for the memorials and why? Were they gifts, paid for by the council or funded through public subscription?

Who looks after the memorials in your park now? Why are they still important? Invite someone from the organisation to come into school and talk about the event or the memorial.