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Commemorative Plaques in Aberdeen

Introduction

Throughout Aberdeen City, commemorative plaques have been erected to celebrate individuals who are outstanding in their field of expertise. Other plaques have been placed on Aberdeen buildings to highlight special places or structures.

Plaques have been erected in Aberdeen since the 19th Century and they come in many different shapes and sizes.

This site includes details of all the various types of plaques in Aberdeen. You can view photographs of most of the plaques and discover more about the historical background to each plaque.

New guidelines have been drawn up to enable people or groups to nominate a plaque for any person worthy of commemoration. A step-by-step guide is also provided to show you how to begin the nomination process.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about Aberdeen's history through these webpages.

History

The erection of commemorative plaques on buildings in Aberdeen began in the nineteenth century. It was an ad hoc initiative which owed much to the lead and finance of private individuals, clubs and societies. These plaques are classified as 'Non Standard Plaques and Memorials'.

In 1978 Aberdeen City Council took over and a degree of regularity was introduced into the plaque series. Plaques were from then of a distinctive circular yellow design, when they commemorated a person. The City Council also began a short lived series of rectangular 'court' plaques which sought to draw attention to the location of former closes, vennels, wynds and courts. In the late 1990s a freeze was placed upon Council funding for plaques.

In 2000 the Rotary Club of Aberdeen, as part of their millennium project, undertook a condition survey of the commemorative plaques. They also generously sponsored the production of a new information booklet 'People and Places' and the erection of several new plaques.

In 2001 two new plaques were erected following nominations being received from various private bodies and groups. In response to this new guidelines for the nomination of people for a commemorative plaque were drawn up.

Plaque Types

Non-standard/Memorial Plaques

The erection of commemorative plaques on buildings in Aberdeen began in the nineteenth century. It was an ad hoc initiative which owed much to the lead and finance of private individuals, clubs and societies. These plaques are to be found in the Non Standard/Memorial Plaques section.

Yellow Plaques

In 1978 Aberdeen City Council took over commemorative plaques and a degree of regularity was introduced into the plaque series. Plaques were from then of a distinctive circular yellow design. These plaques commemorate a person.

Court Plaques

The City Council also began a short lived series of rectangular 'court' plaques which sought to draw attention to the location of former closes, vennels, wynds and courts

Contact details

If you wish further information about Aberdeen's Commemorative Plaques, please contact:

Jenny Brown, Lead Curator (History)
Maritime Museum
Aberdeen
AB11 5BY
Tel: (01224) 337719
Email: plaques@aberdeencity.gov.uk