Blue Plaques, Heritage Signs & Signages

Heritage Plaques

The classic historical marker for heritage buildings, memorials and sites
The classic historical marker for heritage sites

Heritage, blue or commemorative plaques are signs, usually circular, installed in a public space. They are used to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, former building, or event at the site. These plaques have been installed in many cities and towns around the UK including, of course, our hometown of Bristol.

Ward Signs manufacture these plaques using three different methods:

    • Enamelled Aluminium. The cost-effective option for heritage plaques. Rather than cast using a pattern and mould, Enamelled Aluminium Plates are cut from a sheet of aluminium and painted to a desired colour. Once dry, computer-cut vinyl graphics are applied to the face of the plaque and then encapsulated in lacquer. This provides a more aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting feel, whilst still retaining relatively low cost.
    • Cold-Cast GRP. The more modern, sleek method of manufacturing cast heritage signs. Cold-Cast plaques are quicker to manufacture, enable sharper detail, are less expensive and yet as equally long-lasting as cast aluminium. Plus, as the painting and coating process is identical to traditional aluminium plaques, visually the two materials look exactly the same and are just as durable. A pattern is manufactured from which a mould is created, into which the cold-cast resin with inlaid fibreglass is poured. Hence, this method is currently the recommended standard material for Cast Heritage Plaques.
    • Cast Aluminium. A more historic method of producing plaques, Aluminium is used as a modern alternative to Iron because its qualities make for better-defined plaques. Upon design completion, a pattern is manufactured and given to our foundry. The foundry uses the sand casting method on the pattern to produce a mould which then, in turn, is used to set the design in solid metal. Due to the higher complexity of manufacture coupled with the expense of material, cast aluminium Heritage Plaques are more expensive than the modern GRP solution.

Events in world history both large and small have traditionally been preserved or remembered by the unveiling of a plaque. Symbolic to the memory of the event, the plaque should also be able to stand the test of time.

Whether you would like to design your own, or give us the details and have our artwork team draft it for you, modern computer-based designs and traditional plaque maker techniques are combined to produce a piece that will dignify the occasion or person in an outstanding way.

Plaques can be found in heritage sites, on houses, around the National Trust estates and anywhere that something important wants to be remembered.

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Heritage, blue or commemorative plaques are signs, usually circular, installed in a public space. They are used to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, former building, or event at the site. These plaques have been installed in many cities and towns around the UK including, of course, our hometown of Bristol.

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Anne Frank Cast Plaque

Ward Signs has recently completed a new cast resin plaque for long standing client Bristol City Council in Brandon Hill Park, Bristol.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Ward Signs has recently completed a new range of signage for new client Victoria & Albert Museum in London