What is a Blue Plaque

A blue plaque is a powerful way to commemorate significant places and spaces. It is an invitation for people to discover more about a site and its history. The iconic look is round with white writing on a blue background. Blue plaques foster a sense of local pride and increase the emotional attachment of residents to their city. They help to educate communities and play a role in preserving significant sites for future generations. Blue plaques enliven our streets, squares and suburbs and make diverse heritage accessible to a wide audience at a relatively low cost.

While predominantly an urban phenomenon, blue plaques can also make an impact in rural environments. They are made from a wide range of materials according to different designs as long as they adhere to the iconic look.

Blue Plaques of South Africa (BPSA) maintains a database of blue plaque sites in South Africa. It is a volunteer initiative so not all sites have been captured and new installations may take some time to be loaded.

If you would like your site loaded on the official list please send the following information to James Ball: inscription, photos, gps coordinates, address, organisation and unveiling date. Email - jamesball01@gmail.com