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The Independent

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin and activist Claudia Jones to obtain blue plaques



Violinist and composer Yehudi Menuhin and activist Claudia Jones, generally known as “the founding spirit of Notting Hill Carnival”, might be honoured with blue plaques this yr.

English Heritage mentioned the achievements of the 2023 class of recipients ranged throughout fields together with the humanities, music, social reform and politics.

Menuhin’s plaque will commemorate the six-storey home in Belgravia, London, the place the American-born musician lived, labored and entertained for the final 16 years of his life till 1999.

A lot of his educating and mentoring occurred in his studio on the fourth flooring, the place he additionally practised yoga, together with his now well-known headstand pose.

Journalist and anti-racism activist Jones might be honoured with a plaque laid on the shared dwelling in Vauxhall the place she lived for 4 years from the late ’50s.

It was throughout this time that she based the West Indian Gazette and got here up with the thought of bringing a Caribbean carnival to London.

The primary carnival occurred at St Pancras City Corridor in January 1959, and later moved open air because the Notting Hill Carnival.

Additionally being honoured is the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was killed after throwing herself beneath George V’s horse on the 1913 Epsom Derby.

Her plaque will mark the Kensington home the place she lived as she accomplished her education.

Sophia Duleep Singh, the daughter of a deposed Indian maharaja whose kingdom was annexed by the British, may even be honoured.

She was an energetic suffragette and made use of her royal title to generate assist for suffrage.

Her plaque will mark the big home close to Hampton Court docket Palace which was granted to her and her sisters by Queen Victoria in 1896.

English Heritage goals to award 12 plaques annually and can announce extra within the coming months.

Professor William Whyte, trustee and new chairman of the Blue Plaques Panel, mentioned: “Yearly, English Heritage’s blue plaques provide a glimpse of the perfect of human achievement.

“In my first yr as chair of the panel, I’m notably excited to recognise so many who fought for what they believed in.

“From Emily Wilding Davison, who famously died for her trigger, to Claudia Jones, whose life-long battle for social justice helped encourage the Notting Hill Carnival, these are individuals who made a distinction and it’s an honour to play an element in ensuring that their contributions are remembered.”

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