Will Your First World War Centenary Plaque Do Them Justice?

Commission A Bronze Plaque You're Guaranteed To Be Proud Of

It finally comes to the day of your unveiling event. Villagers and dignitaries have arrived for the church service. It's a big event. When the curtain is finally pulled is the plaque something you can be proud of?

The unveiling ceremony of memorial plaques at Helperby North Yorkshire The unveiling ceremony of two war memorial plaques for Helperby Village, North Yorkshire.

You've spent months planning this. There's been a mountain of red tape. Getting everything through local planning and gaining the approval of the diocese has taken months. Then there was checking out all of the facts. Double-checking personal details with the families to make sure the dates and names are correct. The regiment has been helpful giving military details from their records. Local historians have also been helpful. There's been countless committee meetings. Raising the money from kind parishioners has taken a while. It hasn't been easy, but thinking about the reason behind it makes all the hard work worthwhile. It's a great achievement. When you have gone to all that trouble you probably want something exceptional.

You are only doing this once. You're part of a historic moment deserving your best. There's a lot at risk if anything goes wrong.

When some much time and effort has gone into this already you want to know the crafting of your plaque is in safe hands. This is what our clients have to say...

"Dear Carl, This Email is to thank you very much for all your skill and patience in producing the superb Memorial Plaque to the Lancaster crew who crashed in the village of Yearsley in 1943. The plaque was dedicated and unveiled in Yearsley on Sunday, 8th May, 2011. There was nothing but approval from the hundred plus congregation. On a personal level I was amazed at how much work went into the Squadron Badge and the sculpting of the Lancaster. Very well done. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone contemplating a similar plaque. Once again, many thanks. "

David and Margery Smith

"The unveiling went really well in spite of the rain. About 300 people turned up and the Lancaster bomber did its flypast. Everyone has been very complimentary about the plaques. It was a really good event. "

Nigel Denison - Helperby War Memorial Committee

You don't want to cut corners for a cheaper material. You know other materials won't have the rich depth of character of bronze. They also won't fair as well in harsh weather conditions. They certainly won't look as well in 100 years even if they're around at all.

There is no getting around the fact that cast bronze is more expensive than other plaque materials. For that though you get a commemorative plaque, if looked after, that could last for centuries rather than decades. The amount of handcrafting that goes into these can't be matched. Countless hours of work goes into each part of the process. What price do you put on a lasting statement to men who gave so much for your country? You will be commissioning a legacy piece.

You only have to look at early 20th century war memorial plaques to see how expertly crafted cast bronze will serve you. We are offering the same traditional techniques used to craft those. This is a once in a lifetime chance to do this so perhaps you want something extra special? We want to offer you a fitting tribute that is based on plaques created a century ago.

A plaster cast of a custom sculpted bronze plaque border. A plaster cast of a custom sculpted plaque repeating border we made for the Central Flying School's centenary commemorative plaque.

We will reproduce the old style lettering, borders and sculpted elements that these original artisans produced. Those original plaques are not only lasting tributes to the soldiers who died but they are fine examples of bronze sculpture.

If you want a bronze WW1 Centenary plaque with plain lettering and border or something more elaborate and sculpted we can deliver it.

Please call or email us today to discuss your requirements.

"I am totally delighted with the plaque and have sent photos to all and sundry. You have done a brilliant job Carl. I am so glad I found you! I will certainly be recommending you to anybody in need of your services in the future. Thank you so much. It was wonderfully packed but I could not wait to open it!"

Pat Henry, Chair of St Joseph & The Helpers Charity

"We were commissioned by Cameron Mackintosh Limited to create a commemorative bronze plaque for the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre in the heart of the West End, we turned to Carl Huxley at Specialist Metalwork Skills to get this iconic installation created. From initial discussions through to the on time and on budget installation of the piece Carl and his team guided us through the process and delivered a truly stunning end result".

Mark Hollington, Newman Displays Ltd.