Blue Plaques

Crofton Gane blue plaque

Crofton Gane blue plaque

On Saturday, 16th October 2021, a blue plaque was unveiled at 38-42 College Green, to celebrate the life of Crofton Gane, 1878-1967, whose business stood on the site of the present building.
Theresa Garnett – Suffragette imprisoned in Horfield

Theresa Garnett – Suffragette imprisoned in Horfield

Our 31st blue plaque is the first blue plaque to be installed on a working prison in the UK. Placed on the Old Main Gate to Horfield Prison, it recognises Theresa Garnett, a suffragette who was imprisoned there in 1909.
Mary Fedden, OBE

Mary Fedden, OBE

On Wednesday, 22 September a blue plaque was unveiled at 52 Downs Park East, Westbury Park, the childhood home of the artist, Mary Fedden, OBE. She lived there from her birth year, 1915 until 1920.
Professor Andrew Keller FRS

Professor Andrew Keller FRS

On 23rd August, a blue plaque was unveiled at 41 Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym celebrating Hungarian-born polymer scientist Professor Andrew Keller FRS, who lived there for more than 30 years.
A visionary headmistress is honoured

A visionary headmistress is honoured

A blue plaque to Eleanor Addison Phillips has been unveiled outside the Reception Office of Clifton High School. It has been supported by Bristol Soroptimists, the Rotary Club of Bristol and Clifton High School.
Blue plaque for Sturge sisters

Sturge Sisters blue plaque

A blue plaque celebrating the lives of Emily and Elizabeth Sturge will be unveiled on 21st June 2021 at the former Redland High School.
Remembering William Friese-Greene

Remembering William Friese-Greene

Members from Bristol’s film community gathered on 5th May 2021 in remembrance of Bristolian motion-picture pioneer William Friese-Greene, on the 100th anniversary of his death on 5th May 1921.
Dame Iris Murdoch

Dame Iris Murdoch

On Wednesday, 20 November 2019 the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Councillor Jos Clark unveiled a blue plaque at Badminton School to celebrate the writer and philosopher Dame Iris Murdoch.

Blue plaques issued by Bristol Civic Society


Fancy putting up a blue plaque to some great woman or man who once lived in Bristol? Or to commemorate a building where a significant event took place years ago? Is there someone in the city’s past who you and your family or friends think deserves more recognition? Then the Civic Society can help. In 2015, BCS took over responsibility for the blue plaques scheme previously run by Bristol City Council and a BCS ‘Blue Plaques Panel’ is now up and running.

There is nothing to stop any group or private individual sticking up a plaque (of any colour) on any building provided the owner agrees. The Civic Society, however, is responsible for Bristol’s ‘official’ blue plaques. This means information is carefully checked; is the person honoured with a plaque genuinely connected with the building or site? Did they live or work there? Were they born there? And do their achievements merit the honour of a plaque?

The Panel has drawn up a set of basic ground rules. Nobody can be nominated, for example, until at least five years have passed since their death, to allow for a more objective assessment of their contribution. Advertising is not permitted and the Panel must approve the design and wording because we have agreed an established ‘house style’ to make sure that all BCS blue plaques are consistent.

The Panel does not itself nominate people for plaques, and nor does the Civic Society have a budget for them. The person or group nominating someone to be honoured must raise the money (currently about £500), provide evidence of connection with the site, secure the owner’s consent and put the case for the nominee’s commemoration. The Panel can advise on research, plaque manufacture, publicity and give tips on how to run a successful unveiling event. (The Lord Mayor may well be able to turn up.)

Society chair Simon Birch says:

“We want to take advantage of people’s enthusiasm for blue plaques by encouraging Bristolians to come forward and nominate men and women connected with the city who have made an impact. They do not have to be national figures. We are just as interested in those who worked tirelessly for their own communities. And they don’t have to be people from the distant past. It is just as important to honour more recent figures, so that the scheme can also reflect Bristol as it is today.”

If you would like to nominate someone for a plaque, please complete an application form and email it to Gordon Young, the Panel’s Convenor, at plaques@bristolcivicsociety.org.uk.


Are you looking for a particular Civic Society blue plaque? Use the search box on the top-left of the page or go to our blue plaques archive page, which has details of plaques from 2015. Use this link for Blue Plaques unveiled when the scheme was run by Bristol City Council.