London’s Historical Blue Plaques could become history?

Wish you were here?

The blue markers on buildings in London are about to become a thing of the past.

Bram Stoker's Blue Plaque in London

Bram Stoker’s Blue Plaque in London

The markers are used to give Londoners and visitors a sense of the historical importance to the buildings of the city. You might see Vivien Leigh ‘s at 54 Eaton Square,  Mohandas Gandhi’s marker  at 20 Barons Court Road, or Handel’s at 25 Brook St.;  and  guitarist Jimi Hendrix  next door at No. 23.

It’s like a great historical treasure map around the city of London. I love to walk around the city and “discover” a marker that transports me back in time. The markers make the city unique, but are subtle.

The company making the plaques has a website that allows you to enter a name and search for the plaque.The sad news is that the blue markers themselves are about to become a piece of history. Due to government cuts the blue markers have been suspended. What I find even more distressing is that the government greenlighted a program for talking rubbish bins to be placed around the city prior to the Olympics. An expensive, and I think, ridiculous idea. But the government now suspends the placement of blue plaques due to spending cuts?

Click here to see a Youtube video of a talking bin in London.

Here’s a picture of Terry Jones and Michael Palin standing in front of the pub where Graham Chapman used to drink, a lot. And there’s a marker to prove it. And also a picture of a bin that looks like a basket ball hoop. So take a look, and tell me, what should the government have spent its money on, continued funding for the blue plaque scheme, or talking bins?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15053656

London’s Talking Bins picture via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15053656

Terry Jones and Michael Palin at the unveiling of the plaque. Photograph: Mark Thomas/Rex Features

Terry Jones and Michael Palin at the unveiling of the plaque. Photograph: Mark Thomas/Rex Features picture Via The Guardian 9/6/12
I’m only using this picture because Michael Palin is in it!

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2 thoughts on “London’s Historical Blue Plaques could become history?

  1. People in power everywhere are getting to be so ridiculous. SUSpeniding the plaques is thw orst idea yet. They are a huge part of what visitors enjoy when going to any historical place that uses them. it is a real pity London has decided to make this move. WHo proposed this nonsense in the first place? Vote him out.

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