Blue Plaques

Since 1987 Leeds Civic Trust has been installing blue plaques throughout the city of Leeds, commemorating people, events and buildings. They each tell a story that shapes the history of our city. But – did you know that blue plaques are nominated by members of the public? Your nominations are therefore vital and help us share the heritage and legacy of our city.

How to Apply for a Blue Plaque

If you'd like to nominate a person, event or building for a Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaque please take a look at our criteria, guidance notes and nomination form.

Click here for our Criteria, Guidance Notes & Nomination Form

All nominations are considered by the Trust’s Heritage Panel which meets quarterly – January, April, July, October. The next meeting to consider any new nominations will be January 2022.

Please note that it can take years before a plaque is unveiled, this can be down to a number of factors, e.g. gaining permission from a buildings owner. Currently plaques which are approved by our Trustees, take on average 2 years before they are unveiled.

Ways to find out more, or to get involved

Leeds Civic Trust is privileged to be the city’s blue plaques coordinators – if you would like to find out more about how you can get involved, share any feedback on previous blue plaque recipients, or on ways the current scheme could be improved, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Independent Blue Plaques Review 2020/2021

The 2020 global response to racial injustice, the 2020 murder of George Floyd in the U.S. and subsequent international Black Lives Matter protests demonstrated the significance and symbolism of public statues, monuments, and plaques.

In response, our Trustees commissioned an independent review chaired by Public Relations and Cultural Heritage Consultant, Susan Pitter in 2020.

Susan Pitter's report can be found here.

In August 2021 our Trustees accepted all the report’s recommendations - their statement can be found here. 

We are fully supportive of and have accepted Susan Pitter’s recommendations and are implementing these.

Upcoming Blue Plaques

Our Trustees have agreed to the following blue plaques, and unveilings/additional permissions are being sought;

Percy ‘Don’ Robins – Founder of St George’s Crypt.

Selig Brodetsky – Russian-born Mathematician, and aeronautical expert.

David Oluwale* – British citizen, Oluwale came to Leeds from Nigeria and worked in the city’s tailoring industry. After years of mental ill-health and homelessness, Oluwale was hounded to his death near Leeds Bridge by two police officers.

Esther Simpson - was appointed the assistant secretary for the Academic Assistance Council (AAC) in 1933. She worked tirelessly throughout her life to establish work and connection for refugees in need. Her work was essential to some of the finest projects and she worked with some of the world's greatest scientific minds, many of whom participated in the Manhattan Project.

Alice Scatcherd - was an early British suffragist who in 1889 was on of the founders of the Women's Franchise League. Scatcherd was born in Wortley and was a lifelong campaigner for women's rights who lived much of her life in Morley.

*subject to a suitable location being sought.

All our Blue Plaques

For a full listing of our plaques, please click here

Would you like to find out more about the city’s Blue Plaques recipients?

We have recently published a new book, Blue Plaques of Leeds: the Next Collection, please click here to order your copy.

City Center Blue Plaques Trail