11th August 2010

Plaque Guide – one month on

Viv Alexander

David Coughlan of Plaque Guide, one of our GeoVation challenge winners from last year has been very busy since the launch of the website on 13 July; he tells us more below …

One month on since lighting the blue touch paper and I am absolutely delighted with the level of response and interest that PlaqueGuide.com is generating from the history and geography communities across the UK. The Historical Association and the Geography Association (need to log in to view) both ran very nice features on their websites and very kindly offered to make room in their upcoming newsletters and email thousands of teachers across the UK, ready for the big push in September when the kids get back from their summer holidays and start to knuckle down to some serious hard work over the winter months.

There have been notable blips in website traffic and visits, courtesy of Ordnance Survey’s press release, Steven Feldman of Geo.me’s tweets  and The Guardian website, amongst others. I thank all the 1,372 Absolute Unique Visitors (at time of writing) who have spent time on the site.

Notable ContributionsNkrumahKwame. Plaque Guide’s first contribution was from Robert Albury at precisely 2:18 pm Thu, Jul 22, 2010 with the plaque commemorating Kwame Nkrumah. Thanks Robert.

A contribution by Seamus McCauley commemorating Dorothy L Sayers, made my heart jump a bit when Seamus informed me that “I manage a team of 100-odd journalists across the UK so those with a local plaque will be briefed to create a relevant story early next week “.

Tim Minogue’s (Rotten Boroughs editor, Private Eye magazine) contribution commemorating John Christopher Smith is interesting in that we don’t yet know who erected the plaque on their offices, or when. Use the feedback tab if you think you can help. John Christopher Smith is currently the only known “unknown” in the Authority filter.

HILLBennyGraeme Whittle’s contribution commemorating Benny Hill brought the “Dead Comic Society” scheme to life . Plenty more where they came from here.

A contribution by Mr C Grier (Head of the History Department, Myton School, Warwick) commemorating Napoleon Bonaparte III also mentioned “I intend to enlist the help of some pupils to cover the rest of Leamington and Warwick. The website is a great idea.”

So exciting times, PlaqueGuide.com has its first School  primed for September and I’m sure it won’t be too long before all of the blue plaques in Leamington and Warwick will have been comprehensively mapped. I have no doubt in my mind that the arrival of Warwick District Council’s plaques will encourage other schools and councils to follow suit throughout the UK.