Neil Kermode and Orkney Heritage Society Kitchener Memorial Working Group

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Nominated for Category B: Caring and Protecting - Volunteer-led involvement in saving/restoring heritage sites and buildings.


The project to restore Kitchener Memorial to its original condition in time for the centenary commemoration of the sinking of HMS Hampshire was led by Neil Kermode and the Orkney Heritage Society Kitchener Memorial Group.   It was Neil’s idea to not only restore Kitchener Memorial, but to “better remember” all those who lost their lives when HMS Hampshire sank in 1916.

The tears shed during the commemorative and unveiling event on realising the enormity of what had been achieved, not only by the relatives of those lost, but by the volunteers themselves, amply demonstrated how important this project was to all concerned.