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Plaque attack: budget cuts to make historic blue plaques a thing of the past

Posted at 2:00 pm, January 7, 2013 in News
Charles Coward's plaque: 133 Chichester Road, Edmonton, N9 9DF © sludgeulper

We’ve all seen them. The unmistakeable blue plaques commemorating some of the biggest and brightest to hit London town dotted at seemingly random locations around the city. From cartoonists to Prime Ministers, the 869 plaques not only give us an insight into London’s history but are a constant reminder of those who once walked the same streets as us. Whispers of budget cuts to the blue plaque programme have been in the air for quite some time after ‘Monty Python’ star Graham Chapman and cellist Jacqueline du Pre plaques were scrapped last year with the worst being confirmed this week. After 148 years, the Government funded programme, English Heritage, has had a 34% cut resulting in the end of the quirky, informative signs. But it’s not time to say ‘goodbye’ just yet as there are still a list of confirmed plaques to be erected over the next two years and hopes of alternative funding to make the programme reach its 150th anniversary and beyond. Carly-Ann Clements

For more info on London’s blue plaques, see timeout.com.

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