Since August 2020, we have been having conversations with bereaved families and former residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, as well as Lancaster West Estate residents and the local community, to gather ideas about what they want from a future memorial.
As a first step, these ideas were brought together to create a visual 'word cloud'. The word cloud helped us create an early vision statement that you can read by clicking the first arrow below.
We also published our first report in May, setting out the ideas we've heard so far, and both in English and other languages.
Click on the arrows below to learn more about where we are with the ideas gathered up to this point, how you can share your thoughts with us (including in our online questionnaire), and our next steps.
Views that were shared before 16 July 2023 will be included in the final report by the Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission, which we expect to publish in autumn 2023.
We continue to welcome views from the community which can be used to shape design options for the future memorial. If you would like to share your views, you can contact us directly.
We have been asking which words reflect what people want from a future memorial. We have used these to develop an early vision for a memorial:
The Grenfell memorial will be at its heart a peaceful place.
It will provide a space for reflection and remembrance of those that lost their lives, of why this tragedy happened and the need for justice.
The memorial will reflect the Grenfell community and the love within it; evoking a sense of hope and positivity that remembers the past and looks forward to the future.
It will be a place for bereaved, survivors and members of the local community to come together.
A respectful and lasting memorial that honours those that lost their
lives and their families, the survivors of the fire and members of
the local community.
You can see the early vision here or download the pdf attachment at the bottom of the Ideas gathering page.
We have started to share this early, emerging vision with bereaved families, former residents and local residents in our online meetings and at our in-person drop-ins, to understand how it could be reflected in a memorial. In these early conversations, we have heard a preference for:
- A memorial garden (expressed by 66% of bereaved families and former residents, and 60% of members of the local community)
- Artwork (expressed by 30% of bereaved families and former residents, and 31% of members of the local community)
- A built memorial that provides a peaceful and reflective space (expressed by 19% of bereaved families and former residents, and 5% of members of the local community)
- Including the names of those who lost their life – for example, in a plaque, display, photos and stories (43% of bereaved and survivors expressed this, and 23% of the local community)
- A place to sit and reflect (49% of bereaved and survivors expressed this, and 31% of the local community)
- The presence of water (29% of bereaved and survivors expressed this, and 12% of the local community)
Other ideas shared were:
- Early views about whether to include parts of the Tower in the memorial
- The memorial must support lasting change, and educate our communities and society as a whole
- The memorial must be protected so that it is a reminder for generations to come
The government took ownership of the Grenfell Tower site in 2019 and is responsible for keeping it safe and secure. The government has committed to transfer ownership of the future memorial, if that is the wish of the community, and an organisation will be set up to own and maintain it.
The Memorial Commission and the community will decide how the memorial site will be owned and sustainably managed for the long term. We are having conversations at our online community meetings and drop-ins to develop options on ownership including:
- Sustainability (ensuring any arrangements are effective and long-lasting)
- Funding (ensuring that the memorial is financially secure long term)
- Form of the memorial (for example, will it be a garden or building or both?)
- Community involvement (for example, does the community want legal responsibilities and operational responsibilities?)
To help us understand some of the key considerations in future ownership, we have spoken to the custodians of other memorials including Aberfan, the Holocaust Memorial, 7/7 and Manchester Glade of Light, as well as memorials overseas such as 9/11. Although there are many differences, there is a lot to learn about how they have built and maintained a memorial for their loved ones. We are extremely grateful for their support and their advice.
On 16 May 2022, we published our first report setting out the memorial ideas we have heard so far from those bereaved by and who survived the tragedy, residents of the Lancaster West Estate that surrounds the Tower, and local North Kensington residents.
Read our report here.
The Memorial Commission is keen to hear from you. If you are a bereaved family member, former resident of Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk, or a local resident and would like to share your views on a future memorial or discuss the ideas heard so far, you can get in touch with us in a way to suit you:
- Speak to us at one of our meetings or monthly drop-ins
- Email us at GTMCSecretariat@levellingup.gov.uk
- Call us on 0303 444 4831
- Complete our contact form
We can also arrange translation support if required.