If you would like to nominate a person or an event, please email: [email protected]

For the nomination, you will need to:

  • Tell us their name or details of the event
  • Tell us the property or site on which the plaque should be placed, including the address and ideally also the name of the owner (this must be located in either the City of Cambridge or South Cambridgeshire District)
  • Tell us why you think that the person or the event made a significant impact on life in the city, the UK or the world

People to be commemorated should:

  • Have been dead for at least ten years
  • Have been born, educated or lived in the area
  • Be eminent through their profession or calling
  • Have made a significant contribution to the life of the city and its residents
  • Merit recognition because of an outstanding or notorious act

Events to be commemorated should:

  • Have occurred at least ten years ago
  • Be instantly recognisable to the majority of the general public
  • Have significance in the history of the city, county, UK or world

Who decides who should get a blue plaque?

A group of dedicated volunteers makes up the Cambridge Blue Plaque Committee. They include local historians and representatives from Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire councils and Cambridge Past, Present & Future. They consider requests for blue plaques and decide whether or not one should be put up.

One of the biggest challenges is finding a relevant building where the plaque is visible to the public and the property owner is willing to have the plaque. There are several people that we would like to commemorate but we are unable to put the plaque on a relevant building.

We also have to raise around £1,000 for each plaque. This is easier if the person/event is connected in some way to an organisation or family that would be willing to contribute towards the cost of the plaque and a celebratory event. Or if the person or group nominating would be willing to help raise the funds for a plaque.