Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 08:51:36 GMT
Subject: RE: Royal Naval Writers Association – Request for Memorial Information
Thank you for your enquiry regarding a potential memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. The guidelines and criteria for a new memorial are as follows.
Firstly, we commemorate those who died in the service of their country, secondly, those who served or suffered in the service of their country, and finally those who wish to be commemorated in some other way. Only the first two categories can have a memorial, and this must be sponsored by a national organization. The third must be a feature which enhances the Arboretum from a visitor perspective.
Briefly, all proposals need to be approved by our Landscape and Memorials Advisory Committee which sits once a quarter. The Landscape and Memorials Advisory Committee require a completed application pack, scale drawings of all proposals, together with details of the materials to be used, including any signage/text.
With regard to financial implications the sponsoring organization has to bear the full design and build costs and retains ownership of the memorial and there is an application fee of £1,000. Arrangements for future maintenance and insurance must also be costed into the proposal. Insurance must be arranged by the organisation, however the NMA offer a maintenance service which can be costed and agreed in return for a fee should the organisation choose this route.
In relation to your specific questions please see advice below.
1. Size. Is there a policy on size? No. The memorial can be any size but must be of large enough to be an individual peace and we encourage creative designs
2. Material. Is there a policy on type of stone ? No. It does not have to be stone, it could be stone, glass, bronze or any material that will last in perpetuity.
3. Plaque. Is there a preferred material for plaque, number of characters ? It is preferred the lettering is engraved on the stone or incorporated into the memorial, if a plaque is added it must be of a material that will last with the memorial.
4. Cost. How much would the NMA charge for its installation and upkeep? As detailed above there is a £1,000 application fee, the installation cost are to be borne by the Association and a maintenance agreement must be agreed with the arboretum for the ongoing up keep, this is normally a one off payment for in perpetuity maintenance and can be anything from £3,500 to £50,000 depending on the maintenance requirement and insurance value.
5. Procedure. What is the procedure for obtaining approval ? This is details above, let me know if you wish me to send the application forms.
I hope the above is helpful. If you would like to proceed or if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Andy Ansell Head of Estates