To mark IWD2022 LSBU is hosting a roundtable inspired by this year’s theme #BreaktheBias. The London Blue Plaques Scheme dates back to 1866 and there are now over 950 plaques across the capital. A wide range of individuals, nominated by the public, are honoured in this way, but according to the English Heritage website ‘only 14 per cent of London’s blue plaques celebrate women’. This low number of plaques celebrating the lives and activism of women in London is the theme of our roundtable and our panellists will consider how best to break this specific bias as well as the wider implications around it.
We will discuss how English Heritage is working to diversity its own Blue Plaque Scheme and from several historians about their work to have recognised the little known achievements of young working class women who went on strike in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. We will also discuss the representation of black and ethnic minority women in the Blue Plaques Scheme.
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