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Two weeks to close of Commemorative Plaque nominations

28 September 2012

Historic Scotland is urging people to submit their nominations for the Commemorative Plaque Scheme as the closing date is fast approaching.

The Scheme, which was launched in August by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, celebrates the life and achievements of significant historic figures in Scotland. Submissions for the inaugural plaques will close on 12th October 2012.

The chosen historic figures will be celebrated with the erection of a Commemorative Plaques either on their home where they lived, or the building that was particularly synonymous with their achievements.

An annual theme will be formally announced each year which will guide people to consider nominations within specific industries.  This year’s theme is the Year of Creative.

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  - - 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.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:  “This is an excellent and very visual way of honouring historic figures who have made a great contribution to Scotland’s history and heritage.”
In addition to the call for nominations, students at all of Scotland’s art schools have been invited to create a design for the plaque, in a competition which will see the winning entry used as the official plaque and the student receiving £500. The closing date for the competition is 31 October 2012.

For information

Historic Scotland recommends that any prospective nominations are 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.  

Should you require further information about the scheme please contact the Investments and Projects Team on 0131 668 8801 or email at

Notes for editors

1.Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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3.The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

4.The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866