The Memorial Arts Charity was established in 1998, ten years after Memorials by Artists Ltd was created from an idea by Harriet Frazer. On 1st December 2012, the Charity changed it’s name to The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust
Memorials by Artists was founded three years after the death by suicide of Harriet Frazer’s step-daughter, Sophie, when she was 26. Harriet wanted, and was determined to find a unique and beautiful memorial to really celebrate Sophie’s life. Beginning the long search was not only educational, but it fulfilled the need to ensure that her life was marked, and also to feel as though one is doing their very best to celebrate that secret part of Sophie that had been temporarily misplaced in grief. Harriet eventually found and commissioned Simon Verity to create and design a personal, beautifully carved memorial to Sophie. He understood completely what the family were trying to express, and the whole experience of working with him on the ideas and the design for the memorial helped enormously in their bereavement. This experience led Harriet to found Memorials by Artists.
The need to establish an educational charity that provides training in letter design and carving became apparent through the work of Memorials by Artists. For the past twelve years the charity has provided lettercarving workshops across the UK for people of any ability, symposia for professional lettercarvers and has placed six apprentices with Master craftsmen and women.
The Memorial Arts Charity works with over seventy fine lettercarvers, enabling this country’s long tradition of lettercarving to flourish through our Apprenticeship Scheme, Lettercarving Workshops, The Art & Memory Collection and related, illustrated publications.
Since October 2010 The Memorial Arts Charity and Memorials by Artists merged and have been working together as one holistic unit under the charity name.
On 1st December The Memorial Arts Charity officially became The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust and was registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales No 1148638. The charity will keep Memorials by Artists as a brand name for their commissioning service.
On 2nd January after almost 25 years based at Harriet Frazer’s Suffolk home, The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust moved its premises to Snape Maltings, Suffolk. The Trust has embarked on an exciting new chapter; the internationally famous Aldeburgh Music Concert Hall and the Snape Maltings art galleries and shops are also located at the Maltings.