- Twenty one years in the making - 2005
A message from Michael Winner April 2005
Twenty one years ago I was deeply moved by the senseless murder
of PC Yvonne Fletcher.
It seemed unfair the police had no public memorials to commemorate their bravery when they faced danger every day. So I formed
The Police Memorial Trust to place memorials to officers
slain on duty at the
spot where they died to pay tribute to them and to the police of our nation. We
now have twenty-nine memorials throughout the land.
I also thought the police deserved a
National Police Memorial in a significant
place in our capital city. I acquired for The National Police Memorial the
finest site in London, on the
comer of The Mall and Horse Guards. The
Memorial has been designed by Lord Norman Foster. There is a large vent for
London Underground which cannot be removed. This is being clad in marble
and covered in creeper similar to that on the wall behind it. One face will
remain open. It will have engravings and show a book with the names of police officers slain on active duty. There's a paved area with a small pool
and a glass column which will be lit with a blue hue representing the blue
that was outside police stations advising the police were always on duty.
I hope you will
wish to honour your own police service and your police officers who died
in the course of their duty. In years to come if your children or grandchildren
ask if you took any part in the building of the National Police Memorial I hope
you'll be able to say, "Yes, I gave some money toward it".
for the National Police Memorial should be made to The Police Memorial
Trust see: Charity Commission website.
Building The National Police Memorial
Work nears completion on Memorial
to Police Killed on Duty
Work is progressing well on the National Police Memorial which is being constructed in central London. The £2.3m project
includes a large black wall with a glass cabinet displaying a book
which names the officers, and should be complete in The Mall before the year
It was organised by the Police Memorial Trust, a charity set up by Michael
Winner following the
shooting of Pc Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984.
Michael Winner has campaigned for it to be built for 13 years.
The film director, who put £500,000 of his own money into the project, said
he was "absolutely delighted" that building work was under way.
He said: "I am highly hopeful that people will say: 'The police are out
there, dying for us and leaving very distraught families'.
Memorials to soldiers, sailors and airmen were commonplace. But the police
fight a war with no beginning and no end."
The Queen is expected to unveil the memorial when it is completed.
Michael Winner, Lynn Bialowas, Tony Blair and Joel Edwards
On 22nd July 2004
the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the UK's first ever
national police memorial is performed by Prime Minister Tony
Blair accompanied by Michael Winner, with the police represented
by two constables from forces that have lost more officers than
others in recent years: Lynn Bialowas from Greater
Manchester Police and Joel Edwards Metropolitan Police.
Anthony Rae, Founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and the Police Roll of Honour Trust , was invited by Michael Winner to witness the historic
The National Police Memorial is at last a reality.
Planning permission was granted
by Westminster Council for the construction of a national memorial to police
officers who have died in the course of duty following a thirteen-year campaign by the film director Michael Winner,
Chairman and Founder of The Police Memorial Trust. The memorial designed by Foster
and Partners in association with the Danish visual artist Per Arnoldi is
sited at Cambridge Green at the north-eastern junction of The Mall and Horse
Guards Road in front of the Old Admiralty Building.
The cost, including building and future maintenance is expected to be in excess of £2 million and The
Police Memorial Trust is appealing for help to raise funds. "We would love
to have some help from anyone who reads this site" said Mr Winner.
Since 1984 Trust has established 29 memorials to
33 individual officers around
The national monument, designed by Sir Norman Foster, will consist of two distinct elements.
A book listing the names of officers
killed on duty will be displayed in a vitrine (glass show case) within a dark
stone wall. This wall, which will also carry an inscription and the police’s
badge of office, will form one side of a rectangular enclosure concealing the
concrete London Underground vent shaft that currently occupies the site. The
other three sides will be faced in the same dark stone and covered almost
entirely in creeper similar to that covering the walls of the adjacent citadel.
site prior to work commencing
Nearby will be a tall transparent
wall of glass sited in a reflecting pool and gently illuminated with blue
light. The glass wall represents the blue lamp once displayed outside every
police station in Britain and still regarded as a symbol of the police and
their readiness to serve. The glass wall provides a degree of shelter so that
those visiting the memorial may do so in an appropriate setting for
contemplation, and it also acts as a symbol for the project. The two elements
are linked by Purbeck stone paving.
impression of the finished Memorial
The project had the full backing of police forces and authorities, the
Association of Chief Police Officers,
The Police Federation and Prime Minister
Michael Winner receives the Roll from its author Anthony Rae
The finished Memorial 2005
Mr Winner said he would personally turn the pages of the book from time
to time so that new names would be shown.
all those who serve, the Memorial will pay a special tribute to Police
Officers killed in the execution of their hazardous duty by
recording their names on a Roll of Honour to be on permanent
view at the site.
Anthony Rae, founder of the National Police Officers Roll of Honour and the Police Roll of Honour Trust, worked closely with Michael
Winner to ensure the names of all UK police officers killed
in the execution of their hazardous duty were recorded at the National Police Memorial.
To this end he produced the Roll of Honour, to Mr Winner's specifications, which is on permanent view in the Memorial and is updated with the names of fallen officers as required by The Police Memorial Trust.
For Further Details, including the criteria for inclusion,
go to the
Police Officers of the United Kingdom
Who have Lost their
In the Execution of their Duty
As the result of Criminal Acts or
the Course of Effecting an Arrest or
In the Performance of Acts of Gallantry
Other Hazardous Duty
NOTE: - These pages contain information about The Police Memorial Trust Registered Charity No. 289371
For further information, general enquiries or donations, find their Charity on the Charity Commission website.
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