Plaque Pioneers

The Blue Plaques scheme is marking its 150th anniversary with a new book, app and plans to commemorate the lives of Tommy Cooper, Elizabeth David and Samuel Beckett.

English Heritage is also urging the public to suggest more nominations for women who deserve to have their place in history recognised. One pioneering woman from Clerkenwell, Amelia Edwards (1831-1892), was recently granted a plaque at 19 Wharton Street. An Egyptologist, Edwards campaigned for the preservation of ancient Egypt. She bequeathed her collection of antiquities to University College London – a plaster cast bust of Edwards is at the entrance to UCL’s Petrie Museum.