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  • The Lying-in Hospital in Newcastle - England
      The Lying-in Hospital in Newcastle
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  • Blue plaque in London's Bloomsbury district - England
      Blue plaque in London's Bloomsbury district
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Walking around London and other English cities you are certain to notice many of these blue plaques on the walls of the buildings ? some quite ordinary looking, others obviously grand and historical. These indicate that someone of note once lived in the building, or in another building on the same site. This could be somebody really famous, or simply a person notable in their field, so don?t expect always to have heard of them. But it?s fun to look out for the names and dates, and visualise what the building and its surroundings would have been like in their day, and it?s exciting when you do come across someone really famous, perhaps even one of your own heroes.

The unveiling of a new plaque is often marked by a small ceremony, where a cord is pulled open curtains to reveal the plaque for the first time. The occasion is usually marked by speeches about the person or event commemorated and often attended by relatives, descendants or associates of the person. I went to such a ceremony while working for the City of Westminster, when a plaque commemorating Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian slave who became a world famous slave abolitionist, was unveiled at 73 Riding House Street as part of the city?s programme of events for Black History month.

The Blue Plaques website has a searchable database, so if you?d like to find buildings associated with a specific person, you can.

Website: http://www.blueplaque.com/

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  • Written Aug 15, 2008
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