Blue Plaque to Robert Gascoyne Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

Support The Blue Plaques Scheme

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

Frank Ashworth working on a Blue Plaque

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 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 to Virginia Woolf

Leadership Giving

Philanthropic support ensures that the Blue Plaques scheme continues to thrive. By making a leadership commitment to the scheme you will become part of the story of Blue Plaques, bringing you closer to these celebrated icons of London society and streetscape.

To discuss your interest in supporting the Blue Plaques scheme, please contact Kate Turner, Head of Individual Giving.

Stephen Fry

To me plaques really do animate their environment like nothing else; an ordinary window in an anonymous Camden street becomes the window out of which George Orwell is looking while he dreams up Big Brother [...] a smart Mayfair jeweller's looks across to where Handel is writing the Hallelujah Chorus.

- Stephen Fry, quoted in Lived in London

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