People often wonder if a blue plaque would increase the value of their home and research suggests that it would increase a property’s value by more than 25%.
But what is a blue plaque and how do you get one for your home? This blog answers all your questions about the blue plaque system.
What is a blue plaque?
A blue plaque is a distinctive permanent sign to commemorate a link between a house or other building and a famous person, event, or former building on the site, serving as an obvious and immediately recognisable historical marker.
All images: English Heritage
Who administers the blue plaque system?
English Heritage has run the London scheme, which had already been in existence for 120 years, since 1986.
Elsewhere in the country many local councils, civic societies and other organisations run similar schemes.
Who can get a blue plaque?
Members of the public can propose a blue plaque on a building as long as the suggested recipient has been dead at least 20 years.
In the past, different criteria were sometimes used: some plaques were put up to mark the site of a house which has since been demolished, and the 20-year rule did not always apply.
How many blue plaques have been awarded in the UK?
There are around…