As well as memorials that still exist, we also record ‘lost’ memorials. These can include those that have been destroyed, stolen or simply disappeared from public view. It’s not unheard of for lost memorials to turn up in someone’s garage! Some memorials were only ever intended to be temporary, such as the snow memorial from Pateley Bridge, and we record those as well (click here for article on temporary memorials).
Memorials can often be put at risk if the building in which they are located changes use or is demolished. We came across an rather unusual example of this yesterday. In 1972 a church in Manchester was demolished and the land sold for housing. Rather than move the war memorials to another church, the church secretary (who had been a conscientious objector in the Second World War) threw them out.