Historical Publications, History Boards, Blue Plaques: Overview of the MA [Marchmont Association] History Project

Richard Ekins, Debbie Radcliffe

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In 2009 the Marchmont Association (Bloomsbury, London) established its own independent commemorative plaques scheme, with a view to raising awareness of the area’s rich social history. This was inspired by research that began in 2006 and culminated in an exhibition, first displayed in Mary Ward House, Tavistock Place, and then Camden’s Local Studies and Archives Centre, which illustrated the development of Marchmont Street from 1790 to the present day (with the support of an Awards for All/Heritage Lottery Fund grant).

Our early research revealed a number of notable former residents of Marchmont Street, including Kenneth Williams, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley (author of 'Frankenstein'), Richard Greene, who played Robin Hood in the long-running TV series, William Henry ‘Bird’s Nest’ Hunt and John Skinner Prout, both 19th century watercolour painters. This led to the launch of the Marchmont Association Commemorative Plaque Scheme.

The expansion of the Marchmont Association’s ‘Area of Benefit’ in 2010 and 2013 provided the opportunity to commemorate former residents of other nearby streets. Several MA Committee members formed a sub-group to research and identify suitable blue plaque recipients. These were selected on the basis of distinction, reputation or notoriety. Some individuals are more famous than others, but all are worthy of recognition.

This overview details the four books published, the two history boards erected and the twenty-seven blue plaques unveiled up to December 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBloomsbury, London
PublisherMarchmont Association
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2020


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