Local Plaque Scheme

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To commemorate buildings, places, events and people

The Hackney Society in collaboration with Discover Hackney’s Heritage Partnership would like to revive the local plaque scheme that celebrates people, places and historic events in the borough. In the 1990s, 50 historical figures, events and places were commemorated around the Borough by a series of brown plaques. Extant and demolished buildings, for example: St Augustine’s Tower, the Curtain Theatre, Brooke House, the Loddiges Nursery, and the first Synagogue in Hackney were celebrated; as well as notable people including Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Priestley, Daniel Defoe, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Antony Newley. For further information about existing plaques log on to www.hackney.gov.uk

Discover Hackney’s Heritage Plaque Scheme will involve residents in the research and nomination process for ten new plaques to commemorate our local heritage. Nominations for important Hackney people could be from the world of sport, public life, entertainment, art, business or science.

As part of the funding process we need to prove that there is a demand and need for this project. Could you take a few minutes to download and fill in the questionnaire below? Thank you!


DHPS_consulatation_form.pdf (148k)

This page was added on 26/07/2009.
Comments about this page

I am intriged about Hackney and I am very certain there is a lot of fascinating information that has been deliberate held back from the general public. It was only recently that I discovered that Stoke Newington was the place that many abolitionists lived and supported the fight against slavery. This information really ought to be brought out into the open, not withstanding also the fact that the borough has distant links with British royal houses and is authentically Tudor in the naming of some of the roads especially in my area of E5. Hackney has been maligned for so long. I think that its high time that its true identity is revealed and then more people will feel better about living here rather than focusing on the crime and the grime which is not highlight as much in other more crimeworthy boroughs. Marcia Roberts

By Marcia Roberts
On 16/10/2009

Totally agree with marcia. We live in an area rich in radical history. Many campaigners, reformers and revolutionaries lived here because it was outside the City of London and they were free to speak and preach as they wished without fear of arrest, hence the unitarian chapel at newington green, the anti-slavery campaigns and revolutionary thinkers like MARY WOLSTONECROFT who was campaigning for womens' equality in the 18th century!!! We should all be proud of these humanitarian and non conforming individuals from our past.

By Celia Macey
On 27/10/2009