Nominations for Tower Hamlets landmarks to receive plaques opens

Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton, Cllr Rania Khan & Mayor Lutfur Rahman at the plaque ceremon

Borough Archivist Malcolm Barr-Hamilton, Cllr Rania Khan & Mayor Lutfur Rahman at the plaque ceremony - Credit: Archant

A scheme allowing residents to nominate a place in the borough to receive a plaque has been launched by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

The People’s Plaque Scheme, created to celebrate the borough’s heritage, was unveiled by Mayor Lutfur Rahman at the Local History Library and Archives, Bancroft Road on Monday, October 7.

Nominations can be submitted online or by picking up a form from any Idea Store or library in Tower Hamlets and after the closing date of Sunday, November 3, 20 nominations will be shortlisted for a public vote.

There are blue plaques throughout the borough which signify the link between notable moments and figures from the past and buildings where events took place.

Mayor Rahman said: “Tower Hamlets has always been a unique area.

“It’s a place with huge developments and a constantly evolving borough.

“The level of diversity and change mean there is an even greater need here, than possibly anywhere else in the country, to recognise our common history through the contributions made by different people, places and events.

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“The nature of the scheme means that every resident’s voice is significant.

“Anyone can nominate a person, place or event that is specifically important or meaningful to them whilst celebrating our distinctive and fascinating history.”

Cllr Rania Khan, cabinet member for culture, said: “History was not just made by famous and powerful people.

“History is also made by ordinary people.

“We want to ensure that we honour the diversity of the individuals who made Tower Hamlets’ history.

“We want to give ownership of the process to the people of this borough and that is why local people will be nominating and voting as part of this scheme.”

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