Volunteers from Bream Community Library have successfully applied to historic England to have Bream Cenotaph listed as a site of historic interest. The volunteers submitted an application to Historic England, and after careful consideration, the Minister for the Department of Media, Culture and Sport made the Cenotaph a grade 2 listed building.
Historic England are listing war memorials as part of their centenary commemoration of World War 1 and Bream Library volunteers researched the history of Bream Cenotaph for the listing application. Spokesman for the group, Paul Stephens-Wood said the works of local Bream historians kept by the Library had greatly helped uncover the history of the monument. He also praised the work of Phil Morton and the Family History Society for researching the biographies of all those commemorated on the Cenotaph.
The volunteers hope that other war memorials in The Forest will also become grade 2 listed buildings to help preserve and protect them for future generations. They will be happy to share their knowledge with any individual or group that wants to apply to Historic England for their local war memorial to be included on the list. They can be contacted at Bream Community Library via their webpage.