The National Blue Plaque Scheme

Historic England's national blue plaque scheme celebrates people from all walks of life who have made a significant contribution to human welfare or happiness; and/or have made an exceptional impact in their field, community or on society at large.

It helps showcase the importance of heritage everywhere, as every place in England has a unique story to tell.

The national blue plaque scheme is run by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It builds on the value and success of the London scheme (which continues to be led by English Heritage) and numerous local schemes across the country.

Since the scheme was announced in September 2023, Historic England has installed 3 plaques as part of the development phase. They are dedicated to Daphne Steele, Clarice Cliff and George Harrison.

Our call for public nominations is now open. We invite you to make a nomination and tell us who you think should receive a national blue plaque.

Make a nomination


About the scheme

  • How to Make a Nomination

    We are inviting the public to submit nominations for a national blue plaque. Find out more about what we are looking for and how to make your nomination.

  • Community Research Grants

    Grants are available to organisations working in communities – and in partnership with a historian or researcher – who want to find out more about people or groups who may be eligible for a national blue plaque.

  • The National Blue Plaques Panel

    Historic England has appointed an impressive and diverse panel of academics and cultural commentators to lead the national blue plaque scheme.

Latest plaques

  • Daphne Steele

    Daphne Steele (1927 to 2004) made history by becoming the first Black matron in the National Health Service in 1964.

  • Clarice Cliff

    The success story of ceramic designer Clarice Cliff (1899 to 1972) is rooted in the heart of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent.

  • George Harrison

    Music icon, songwriter and humanitarian George Harrison (1943 to 2001) first rose to international fame as the lead guitarist of The Beatles.

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