Tuesday 14 April 2009 8.27pm
English Heritage blue plaques are strictly limited to people who have been dead for at least a decade.
Southwark's own scheme has always included living people - Rio Ferdinand, Henry Cooper, Michael Caine, Tommy Steele et al.
Peter Tatchell has been included under the Bermondsey Community Council
list (which isn't where he now lives) so I'm not sure where they've got in mind for his plaque.
My frustration with the Southwark plaques has been a tendency to state the obvious rather than highlight hidden history and historical references you wouldn't otherwise be able to spot.
Some places really don't need a plaque - Charles Dickens Primary School
hardly needs a blue plaque to Dickens - the name of the school IS the memorial. Especially as IIRC the plaque doesn't explain what Dickens' local connection was.
Likewise they are planning to put a plaque to John Harvard on John Harvard Library
. Unless the blue plaque helps people to understand who Harvard was and what his local connection was, it's pointless. And there's already an older Historic Southwark plaque further up Borough High Street
Similarly Winchester Palace was on the shortlist for a plaque. The remains in Clink Street
are plain for everyone to see and there's already an English Heritage interpretation board to explain to people what it is that they are looking at.