The Canterbury Blue Plaque Scheme is based on the famous London scheme, which was launched by the Royal Society of Arts in 1867. The scheme is now run by English Heritage and several towns and cities run their own versions of the scheme. The rules for blue plaques are quite strict and are strictly adhered to. The procedure is that nominations are sought from local people. Notices in the local press, radio and in 'District Life' invited people to give us suggestions. We then have to make sure that the nominations fit the criteria. If they are approved they are then discussed and agreed by the City Council's Executive. We then have to obtain the permission of the owner of the building to install the plaque.
The criteria for the scheme is as follows :-
That the person to be commemorated is regarded as being eminent by a majority of members of their profession or calling. They should have genuinely contributed to human welfare or happiness and deserve recognition. They should have had such exceptional or outstanding personalities that the well informed passer-by recognises their name. The people commemorated must have been dead for at least ten years (or until the centenary of their birth) and any events to be commemorated must have happened 20 years previously. A site or event must be recognised nationally or locally as being of special significance and worthy of recognition. Their stay in the Canterbury district should have been significant as a period of time, or in importance, within their life and work. Plaques will only be placed on the residence or site of residence of the person, or the place where the significant event took place. Plaques shall not be erected on redeveloped sites of former houses, i.e. where the original building or site no longer exists save in exceptional circumstance. Only one plaque will be erected for each person/event and they must not otherwise be appropriately commemorated in the district.
Guildhall Street, Canterbury, United Kingdom