Blue Plaque Schemes

Blue plaque schemes are all over the world, but the English Heritage one is the oldest – dating back to 1866. There to commemorate individuals who made their mark on the streets of the capital, they are placed in the spots where they lived, stayed and worked. However, just 13 percent of London’s 902 blue plaques are dedicated to women, with 13 of the boroughs having none at all.

The oldest surviving plaque dedicated to a female is Fanny Burney (1752–1840), erected in 1885 in Mayfair, and the newest, unveiled on 4th November 2016, for Ava Gardner (1922-1990)who came to Kensington to enjoy a quiet life and walk her dogs apparently. Download the app and explore yourself.


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