Plaque to Basics

You thought we were done with Plaque puns? Sorry to disappoint but here we go again with our all-new Plaque to Basics series!

We will be taking you through the Blue Plaque nomination process, showing you how you can nominate your own Blue Plaque recipients and how your nominations could help the scheme become more representative. Yes, that’s right – you don’t have to be an academic to nominate someone!

Find content here that will show you how it’s done and give you all the hints and tips you could want.

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How to Nominate

Watch this short video to show you all you need to know about how to nominate your very own Blue Plaque recipient! Taking you through every step, this is your go-to guide to Blue Plaque nominations.

Howard's Top Tips

Howard Spencer, Senior Historian on the Blue Plaques panel, tells us all his hints and tips for navigating the Blue Plaque nomination criteria, plus how to research your very own History Maker.

We are nominating!

Join us as we nominate our very own #HistoryMaker for a Blue Plaque! We will be documenting the whole process through several vlogs on our YouTube channel, so make sure to follow the links below and hit subscribe.

Introductory Vlog

Join Eleanor, Sophie and Xenia on their journey to nominate a #HistoryMaker for a Blue Plaque! Vlogging their experience, they want to show you that *literally* anyone can nominate if you know how. Click the link to find out more!

Who Meets the Criteria?

Follow this link to watch our first official vlog! We will be going through our six potential nominees to see who matches up to the nomination criteria. By the end, we will have our final nominee!

Bonus Content - The Process So Far

Join Sophie, Xenia and Eleanor as they reflect on the nomination process so far and talk about the bits they found the hardest and easiest.

Researching Cecilia!

Now that we have our final nominee, we wanted to dig a bit deeper and see what we could find out about her. Join the three of us as we surf the internet and chat all things Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin!

Submitting our Nomination

Sadly our ‘Plaque to Basics’ vlog series is coming to an end. Join Sophie, Xenia, and Eleanor as they fill out the nomination form and submit their application for Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin to be nominated for a Blue Plaque. Keeping all fingers crossed!

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