Blue Plaques


The blue plaques scheme has been running for over 150 years and has become synonymous with London life. Every plaque, from research to production, is funded by donations. The future of the scheme relies on your support every step of the way.

“The obvious merits of the plaques as records and registers of the eminent are one thing, and alone justify their existence, but I find that they go deeper than that. For me, they are a unique imaginative portal into the past...”

- Stephen Fry, quoted in Lived in London

The difference your support makes

At an unveiling in Hampstead in 2003, the playwright David Hare told the assembled crowd that he believed the only honour worth getting was an English Heritage blue plaque.

The London blue plaques scheme is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. But its long term future relies on the support of those who value it most.

You can help ensure the future of a unique heritage offering, a physical record of London’s history embedded within the architectural fabric of the city itself.

Be a part of the scheme’s future today.

Blue plaque donors

English Heritage Guardians

You can support blue plaques by becoming an English Heritage Guardian.

The Guardians scheme recognises donors who support English Heritage with gifts of £2,500 or more. The pandemic has seriously impacted our work, and we need the support of our Guardians now more than ever.

Our circle of Guardians not only champion heritage, but have the chance to engage more deeply with our work, our places and our people. This includes opportunities to meet the conservators, historians, scientists, and educators who are at the front line of caring for our heritage.


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