Published: 09/01/2024

Heritage Plaques Buyers Guide

When it comes to purchasing blue plaques and heritage signs, there are numerous factors to consider. In this article, we delve into the ten most crucial pieces of information you need to know before making a purchase.

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Materials

Blue plaques and heritage signs are traditionally made from robust, enduring materials such as bronze or aluminium. These materials not only withstand the elements but also give the plaques a timeless aesthetic. Before you buy, ensure you choose a plaque made from high-quality, durable materials. Ward Signs offers a range of heritage plaques crafted from premium materials.

The Dickens Fellowship Cast Blue Heritage Plaque
Fred Weatherly Gordano Society Green Heritage Plaque

Customisation

Customisation is a critical aspect when purchasing a blue plaque. Whether you’re commemorating a person, an event, or a historical site, you’ll want the plaque’s inscription to be accurate and meaningful. Most retailers provide customisation options, but it’s essential to clarify this before making a purchase.

Size

The size of your plaque is another crucial consideration. Blue plaques typically range in diameter from 18 inches up to 24 inches. The size you choose will depend on the location and visibility of the plaque. Smaller plaques may suit interior settings, while larger plaques may be better suited to outdoor locations.

Polish Heritage Society Historic Plaque
The Nag's Head Blue Heritage Plaque

Heritage

Heritage signs are intended to stand the test of time, representing significant historical events or figures for future generations. Therefore, it’s important to choose a sign that truly honours its subject in design and styling. You should consider the sign’s aesthetics, the font used for the inscription, and its overall design.

Installation

Installation can be a complex process, particularly for larger plaques or those being affixed to historic buildings. Some providers offer installation services, while others don’t. It’s essential to clarify this before making a purchase to ensure you can safely and correctly install your plaque.

Blue Heritage Plaque for Dr Mike Wilkinson - Genworth Financial
Cast Aluminium Stove Enamelled Blue Heritage Plaque Commemorating Elsie Griffin

Pricing

The cost of blue plaques and heritage signs can vary considerably, depending on factors such as material, size, and customisation. It’s important to have a clear idea of your budget before you start shopping and to compare prices from different retailers to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money.

Delivery

Delivery is another critical factor to consider. Some retailers offer free delivery, while others charge based on the size and weight of the plaque. Additionally, the delivery time can vary. Make sure you’re clear on the delivery costs and timescales before you make a purchase.

Arthur H Macmurdo Blue Heritage Plaque - Cast Aluminium
Close of up Blue Heritage Plaque for Harold G Lowe, RMS Titanic

Maintenance

Heritage signs add an appealing aesthetic to any location. With their classic look and high-quality finish, they contribute to the overall charm of the site.

Licensing

In some cases, you may need permission or a license to install a blue plaque or heritage sign, particularly if it’s being placed on a listed building or in a conservation area. Be sure to check the local regulations in your area before purchasing a plaque.

3D Aluminium Plaque - The Fire Engine - Elizabeth Shaw - The Red Flower Barrow - Bristol

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Measurement Guide

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A4 Brass Queen's Green Canopy Plaque

Installation

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A4 Brass Queen's Green Canopy Plaque

Delivery

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Key features

Heritage Plaques - Maria Louisa Swanson

Durability

Heritage signs are built to last. Made with a combination of traditional casting techniques and modern technology, these signs can withstand harsh weather conditions, retaining their aesthetic appeal for years.

The Dickens Fellowship Cast Blue Heritage Plaque

Customisation

Heritage signs can be tailored to suit the specific needs of any location. With options for different sizes, shapes and styles, the perfect sign to represent your heritage site is within reach.

Fred Weatherly Gordano Society Green Heritage Plaque

Historical Accuracy

Choosing a heritage sign means that you’re opting for historical accuracy. These signs are made to mimic the aesthetics of the period they represent, ensuring that they blend seamlessly with the site’s overall look.

Polish Heritage Society Historic Plaque

Quality Materials

Heritage signs are crafted using high-quality materials. Whether it’s bronze, aluminium, or other metals, these materials contribute to the sign’s longevity and overall aesthetic appeal.

Ercole James Parlanti Green Heritage Plaque

Skilled Craftsmanship

The creation of heritage signs involves a lot of skill and craftsmanship. Each sign is carefully handcrafted by experts in the field, ensuring a beautiful end result that’s worth the investment.

The Nag's Head Blue Heritage Plaque

Wide Usage

Heritage signs are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings. Whether it’s a historical landmark, a heritage building, or a park, they help in providing relevant historical information to visitors.

Blue Heritage Plaque for Dr Mike Wilkinson - Genworth Financial

Easy Installation

Despite their robust construction, heritage signs are relatively easy to install. They come with the necessary mounting equipment, ensuring a hassle-free installation process.

Cast Aluminium Stove Enamelled Blue Heritage Plaque Commemorating Elsie Griffin

Aesthetic Appeal

Heritage signs add an appealing aesthetic to any location. With their classic look and high-quality finish, they contribute to the overall charm of the site.

Arthur H Macmurdo Blue Heritage Plaque - Cast Aluminium

Informative

Aside from their aesthetic appeal, heritage signs serve an informative purpose. They provide valuable historical information, making them an essential component of any heritage site or historical landmark.

Close of up Blue Heritage Plaque for Harold G Lowe, RMS Titanic

Investment Value

Investing in a heritage sign is a worthwhile expense. Not only does it enhance the site’s aesthetic appeal, but it also adds value by providing historical context to the location.

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