One North Laine plaque in the pipeline

Photo:Michael Trotobas will shortly be remembered with a plaque in North Place

Michael Trotobas will shortly be remembered with a plaque in North Place

AGM report by NLCA rep on Commemorative Plaques Panel

By Gabrielle Villermet

The Commemorative Plaque Panel (also known as the Blue Plaque Panel) is Council led under the umbrella of Visit Brighton and run by volunteers. Chaired by Averil Older it consists of members of amenity groups, a sitting councillor, a member of the Conservation Advisory Group (CAG), a media member, occasionally a B&H Council officer and others.

Cost of a plaque

The Panel meets four times a year and researches enquiries from anyone suggesting a new plaque. The cost of manufacture, installation and permissions is approximately £1,100.

To be privately financed in future

Due to Council cuts there will be one final Council funded plaque this year, 2016, and in future all will have to be paid for privately. Any offer of funding will be very welcome. We have several nominations per year and they are graded A to C, so some may have a long wait.

Plaque in Hove to Dr Helen Boyle

This year a plaque was unveiled to Dr Helen Boyle, who was the first female GP in Brighton and who helped patients with mental health problems. This plaque is on Aldrington House, formerly the Lady Chichester Hospital, in Hove. It was funded by the Mental Health Branch of the NHS.

Plaque in Marine Parade to Dora Bryan

Very recently a plaque was unveiled to Dora Bryan. It was funded by public donations raised by the Max Miller Society. The plaque is on the former Clarges Hotel on Marine Parade where Dora lived. This plaque is the first curved one in order to fit on the building.

Plaque in Hove for Captain Theodore Wright VC

Shortly to be unveiled is one to Captain Theodore Wright VC. This will be in Lansdowne Place, Hove, and will be the last one that is Council funded. It will also be curved.

Plaques in the pipeline

Plaques in the pipeline include Subadar Mir Dast, who was a patient in the Indian Hospital in the Royal Pavilion and who was awarded the VC by King George V; four First World War secret agents, including Michael Trotobas who was born at North Place in North Laine; and Harriot Mellon, Duchess of St Albans, actress and owner of Coutts Bank.

Standing down

I will be standing down at the Plaque Panel AGM but will continue to show an interest and hopefully attend meetings where there are North Laine issues.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 239, March/April 2016]

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