The Physical Memorial

Partially visible from the NMA Visitor Centre, the Memorial gradually reveals itself as the visitor approaches.

Descriptive text and a Sillitoe Tartan, evoking the Police uniform, edge the path, flanked with memorial walls holding the names of officers and staff who died whilst on duty, and lead the visitor towards the Memorial space.

The space is entered through a tall doorway supporting a brass screen. The doorway represents a ‘threshold’ – the threshold to a different space and ‘the dangerous places where Police go’.

Leaf-shaped apertures represent service, sacrifice, and particularly, lives lost: Absence. The brass will weather while the gilt edges remain bright, and as the sun shines the paved surface will be lit by this gilded absence.

A leaf-shaped ‘stage’ with two further low screens, creates a more intimate space – like a lady chapel within a church. The screens will be engraved with the names of around 2,000 officers and staff who have died from injuries sustained in the conduct of their duties.

Lawn space for more than 1,500 people enables ceremonies and services. Occasional bench seating provides intimate, reflective spaces, tucked onto and backed by the slopes and ring of trees.

Raised edges to the sunny circular glade surrounded by a bold and simple ring of trees impart a sense of enclosure and protection, the glade itself edged and embraced by the wilder more natural wooded part of the arboretum.

All officers will be further commemorated through our Digital Memorial.

A personal memorial

Gilt-edged leaves cut from the Memorial can be inscribed with the names of the fallen and presented to their families – personal memorials that create a strong sense of bond and belonging. The leaves could be kept by the families, yet could be placed inside the apertures during acts of remembrance.