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A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.

The world's first blue plaques were erected in London in the nineteenth century to mark the homes and workplaces of famous people. This original scheme still survives today and is administered by English Heritage.

In order to be eligible for an English Heritage blue plaque in London the famous person concerned must:

  • have been dead for twenty years or have passed the centenary of their birth. Fictional characters are not elegible;
  • be considered eminent by a majority of members of their own profession;
  • have made an outstanding contribution to human welfare or happiness;
  • have lived in that building in London (excluding the City of London and Whitehall) for a significant period, in time or importance, within their life and work;
  • be recognisable to the well-informed passer-by, or deserve national recognition.



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