BLUE PLAQUE TRAIL
This project, so generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has, over the last two years, delivered on a number of heritage outcomes, and this website is one part of of this, and enables us to share the information, events and images that the project volunteers have provided and participated in.
The project sought, at the outcome, to raise awareness of the wide range and enormous value of cultural heritage that exists in the central and greater London area; and in particular focus on those more unknown buildings and people, so they could be rediscovered and the spotlight could be shone once again on their contribution to our collective cultural heritage.
There are three main areas on this website - the first is a virtual theatre trail, where you can take a tour around some of the lost and remaining Music Hall's and Theatres in London. There is information about the theatre and a location map to help you see where the theatre was and what, if anything remains. Those included where chosen by the volunteers because they felt they had a significant story to tell in the history of London theatre-going in the nineteenth and early twentieth century
The second element is another trail, this time around commemorative blue plaques. In this trail you can see the houses occupied by some of the greatest Music Hall stars of the age and find out a little about their life and career. The plaques included on this trail are mainly those erected by our organisation, but also others, installed by the London County Council and its successor, the Greater London Council.
The third part of this website, is an actual trail - something you can take with you on your smartphone or as a downloadable document around Abney Park Cemetery in North London, where you will see the memorials to many of the greatest performers on the Music Hall stage - often the only tangible part that is left of their lives and careers and are vital parts of our cultural heritage that should be preserved and conserved for future generations.
We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for all their support.