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Commemorative Plaques in Poole

Poole Heritage Forum has published advice for any individuals, groups and property owners who are interested in commemorating well-known people and events in Poole by installing a commemorative plaque.

This advice has been prepared to help guide the process of putting up a plaque and to encourage a consistent, though not prescriptive approach in Poole.

The new advice was published recently when the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Philip Eades unveiled the latest of Poole’s commemorative plaques, at Salterns Hotel in Lilliput.  This plaque, initiated and designed by Poole Flying Boats Celebration and sponsored by John Smith of Salterns Marina, commemorates the role of Salterns in the Second World War.  The site played host to many military uses, but is most particularly remembered as the Headquarters and Departure Terminal for BOAC’s massive flying boats which turned Poole Harbour into the country’s only international airport for a period of almost ten years, between 1939 and 1948.

Cllr Philip Eades, Mayor of Poole, said: "I was pleased to unveil the latest commemorative plaque in Poole. These plaques are vital to Poole's rich history and I hope this new advice will encourage more people to install them around the borough."

Poole Heritage Forum consists of volunteer representatives of all the major heritage organisations in Poole, together with the Dorset County Archivist, nominated Councillors, and council officers from, amongst others, Borough of Poole Museum and Planning and Regeneration Services. The Forum is not a committee of the council, but works closely with it, and meets four times a year, usually in Poole Museum.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Participation and Engagement, including Culture and Tourism, Borough of Poole, said: "This is a fantastic example of Localism in action, and I am pleased to see local groups working together so well. The Heritage Forum and Borough of Poole encourage the installation of commemorative plaques because they create an interest in the heritage of the borough, as well as encouraging tourism. They are also educational and motivational. Commemorative plaques play an important role in enhancing a local feeling of community, as they celebrate people and events in Poole’s past."

The new advice is available from the Poole Partnership website: http://www.poolepartnership.info/00,news,11740,222,00.htm