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On Friday 13 September 2019 Outside Centre celebrated a crowdfunded project that successfully raise over £3000 to restore three WW1 memorials in the City of Wolverhampton. This was a Heritage Open Day event in the Wolverhampton City Suite, hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton.

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Two of the memorials from Wolverhampton Art Gallery have been restored, and the third, the Street Shrine memorial in Thornley Street, is in the process of being restored. This event celebrated the City treasures in the Mayoral Suite, as well as saying thank you to those who engaged and contributed to this First World War commemoration project and events. The event included an exhibition, a walk and presentations on the all restored memorials: Wolverhampton City Council’s Head of Arts and Culture, Marguerite Nugent, spoke, along with University of Wolverhampton PhD student Claire Jones. Claire shared her research on the Street Shrine, which will be published in a book later in the year.

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Big thank you to The National Heritage Fund and Awards For All for their support in funding projects, enabling the development of a map of war memorials across the city and tree planting – an exciting chance to learn and discover the history of Wolverhampton’s World War One story and how it has been incorporated into our city’s landscape.

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