'Blue Plaque' scheme discussed

Shelley Blue PlaqueOn 22 April 1864, the Royal Society of Arts met to consider the ‘Blue Plaque’ scheme. The scheme would place commemorative plaques on the houses of famous people in London. Initially sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts, this would become the ‘Blue Plaque’ scheme now managed by English Heritage. The scheme was inaugurated in 1868. The first commemorative plaque was installed that year on the house in which Lord Byron was born, Holles Street, London. Image: Example of a Blue Plaque to the Shelleys, Marchmont Street, London. This image is in the public domain in the United States.


Tom Mole, “Romantic Memorials in the Victorian City: The Inauguration of the ‘Blue Plaque’ Scheme, 1868″

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22 Apr 1864

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