So, how does a blue plaque go from idea to an unveiling?
Once nominated, the plaque needs to be approved by the Blue Plaques Panel, who meet three times a year to discuss nominations and choose the recipients. It is a very selective and competitive process, owing to the popularity of the scheme, and only about one in five suggestions are taken forward.
Once confirmed, extensive research is undertaken by the blue plaques team on the individual or group to be commemorated and the surviving buildings associated with them, one of which is chosen to bear the plaque. Following further agreement by the Panel, and once the building owner has agreed to have the plaque, the team can set in motion the creation of the blue plaque and arrange for its installation.
The plaque itself is handmade by skilled craftspeople – Frank and Sue Ashworth and Ned Heywood – and you can learn more about that process here.