Plaque nominations sought

LOCAL folk are invited to nominate significant historic figures from the area so that plaques can be erected to mark their achievements.

Cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, launched the Commemorative Plaque Scheme on Sunday.

It will celebrate the life and achievements of significant historic figures through the erection of a plaque on their home or a building that was particularly synonymous with their achievements.

People are invited to submit their nominations for the historic figures they would like to put forward by filling in an application form on Historic Scotland’s website - www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/commemorativeplaques - with up to 1,000 words on two questions explaining why their chosen person is appropriate for a Commemorative Plaque.

There will be a maximum of 12 plaques awarded each year. These will be decided by an independent academic panel which is still to be announced.

Ms Hyslop said: “We are launching the Commemorative Plaque Scheme in the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 and are seeking nominations for historic figures in the arts and creative fields.

“The Commemorative Plaques will celebrate the achievements of people who lived in Scotland, the links between the person and a building which will also highlight the social and human element of local architecture.

“The form of a building can say a great deal about the character of the particular person who lived or worked there. It can confirm assumptions or, in other cases, come as a complete surprise, casting a new aspect on the individual concerned.

“An annual theme will be formally announced each year which will guide people to consider nominations within specific industries.”

The closing date for completed submissions is October 12.

Organisers advise that any prospective nominations be made now so that initial checks can be undertaken. This will then allow the applicant sufficient time to carry out the second stage of the process as detailed on the ‘How to propose a Commemorative Plaque’ page.