York Civic Trust has been placing commemorative plaques to places and people on buildings since the late 1940s. There are now more than a hundred plaques spread around the city in bronze, wood, slate, aluminium and glass (and one in Amsterdam). The majority mark buildings or places of interest, but there are many to influential people with York connections.
To be considered for a blue plaque, nominations must be judged to meet most of the below criteria:
1. The candidate had a long-standing or significant connection to York
2. The candidate had a link to a building or place that exists to this day
3. The candidate made a major and positive contribution to their field that is widely recognised
4. The candidate’s work and life has the power to educate, surprise or inspire others to this day
5. The candidate has no other plaque in York
6. The candidate made a major contribution to the history of York or the United Kingdom
7. There is an upcoming date that has significance for past or current events that the candidate is connected to
8. The candidate has been deceased for twenty years
Map of Plaques
Here is a Google map of our plaques, with red pins marking places, and blue pins marking people. By clicking on the box in the top right (“view larger map”), a new tab will open with a list of all plaques on the left.
List of Plaques
The following plaques are to be found in the City. Where our volunteer historians have compiled information on the subject of the plaque, you can click on the name to take you to that information.
The Emblem of the Civic Trust is used on the plaques, along with logos and emblems of other sponsors and funders. Our Emblem is based on the York Assay Mark of 1423 (under Henry IV). In 1541 it was described as “the pounce of the Citie called the half leopard head and half flowre de Lyce” (fleur de lys)