The City of Durham Parish Council is currently inviting nominations for blue plaques to be installed across the parish area.
These plaques are intended to be a dedication to a particular person, building or event of significance in our parish and details of the application process and the criteria for nominations can be found in the application form document here: BLUE PLAQUES APPLICATION FORM
This scheme is based loosely on the English Heritage scheme for blue plaques in London and has been delivered in other local areas outside London by various Parish and Town Councils.
This scheme is also intended to supplement the plaques which are already in existence in the City; delivered by the former City Council, the City of Durham Trust and the Durham Rotary group.
Nominations for this scheme must be returned to the Parish Clerk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Thursday 15th April.
Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Victoria Ashfield said: “this blue plaque scheme launched by the Parish Council is close to my heart. I have wanted to be able to recognise significant people and buildings in the city since joining the Council.
It will encourage civic recognition of the significant role a person, event or place has played in Durham City’s incredibly rich cultural history. Through it we are hoping to encourage residents to celebrate their heritage and promote civic pride”.
She added: “It is so important that we highlight this for our future generations. I am delighted that the Parish Council has put the promotion of the City’s heritage at the forefront of its work. If the scheme is successful, we are hoping that this can form part of wide-ranging heritage trails which could help residents know more about our City and attract more visitors”.