Know someone who deserves to be celebrated? Write them a plaque!

A plaque commemorating comedian Frankie Howerd, born in York, at the stage door of the Grand Opera House. Photograph © garlicdog on Flickr
9 May 2014 @ 8.21 am
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A plaque commemorating comedian Frankie Howerd, born in York, at the stage door of the Grand Opera House. Photograph © garlicdog on Flickr
A plaque commemorating comedian Frankie Howerd, born in York, at the stage door of the Grand Opera House. Photograph © garlicdog on Flickr

What story, person or event in York’s history should be commemorated? What aspects of York’s history and culture are currently missing?

There are more than 70 plaques around York commemorating famous people or events.

Many have been put up through the citizen action of the York Civic Trust who, over the years, have been proactive in nominating and making the bronze plaques you see around town.

And, as York Stories points out, plaques have also also been made by individual local people and families remembering loved ones.

Write your own

On May 10, the York: Living With History project aims to share this process of public commemoration with everyone.

We will do this in a playful and do-it-ourselves way through our very smart (removable and safe) cardboard plaques. You could:

  • nominate something you think is of enormous social or political importance currently not commemorated;
  • create a plaque commemorating something about daily life of ordinary people in York;
  • or write something personal to you or your loved ones.

Come along and hand write your own plaque.

We will then go around town putting up each person’s plaque using very safe and easily removable adhesive and ceremoniously photographing it for posterity.

We’ll then post pictures of all the plaques on our website and via Facebook and Twitter.

It might be some are so popular we get a campaign going to get them made for real!