Saturday 1 April 2023

A Plaque for John Sullivan

On 10 November 2022 John Sullivan's widow unveiled a plaque in his memory at his old home at Prince of Wales Court, 227-229 Kingsway, Hove.

John's work for television won him the BAFTA for sitcom on 3 separate occasions and the OBE in 2005. He died only 6 days after the screening of the last episode of "Rock & Chips".


Saturday 27 August 2022

A Plaque for the Old Hove Town Hall

64 Brunswick Street West.

64 Brunswick Street West, built 1855-56 by a Mr Russell for the Brunswick Commissioners, has had its  history commemorated with a blue plaque. It is constructed with render over rubble with brick quoins and has outlasted its replacement, the Alfred Waterhouse Hove Town Hall in Church Road, by 56 years.

Addressses were given by the City Mayor, Cr Lizzie Deane, Michael Ray the last Chief Executive of Hove Borough council, and Vasseema Hamilton, Executive Principal of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. BIMM are the present occupiers of the building.

The plaque was unveiled by the City Mayor.

Past & present Councillors 


Vaseema Hamilton, Roger Amerena, Michael Ray.

Sunday 19 June 2022

A Plaque for Helen Normanton

This plaque, unveiled yesterday, owes its existence to the efforts of twin sisters attending Brighton College. They chanced upon Helen's grave in Ovingdean churchyard and, their interest sparked, went on to meticulously research her background. This led into a successful campaign for a plaque on 4 Clifton Place where Helen spent her formative years and first formed the ambiton to enter the legal profession, undaunted by the fact that it was closed to women at that time.

The proceedings were opened by songs from a small choir of fellow pupils and a welcoming address was given by the sisters.  This was followed by speeches from:-
  • Dr Angela Owen-Smith, a relative of Helen (delivered by her daughter).
  • Professor Judith Bourne, Head of Law at St. Mary's University, associate member of Normanton Chambers and author of 'Helen Normanton and the Opening of the Bar to Women'.
  • Professor Nicky Padfield QC, Master of the Bench at Middle Temple and Professor of Law at Cambridge University
  • Dr. Helen Dancer, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex and beneficiary of the Helen Normanton Ph.D Foundation.
  • The City Mayor Lizzie Deane.

The sisters haven't stopped with this success but have now become Child Ambassadors involved in promoting and fund-raising for the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal.

Saturday 18 June 2022

A Plaque for Sir Harry Kroto

A plaque to Sir Harry Kroto was unveiled yesterday at the Chichester building at the University of Sussex where he discovered a new form of carbon molecule C60. He named this molecule "Buckminsterfullerene" after the the US architect Buckminster Fuller who designed the geodesic dome. The existence of fullerenes had been previously predicted from spectroscopic observations in outer space. 
The plaque was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemists as part of their 'Chemical Landmark' scheme. There are a further 70 plaques under this scheme throughout the country.

A "Bucky Ball"

The Provost

The President of the Royal Society of Chemists

Lady Kroto 

Sir Harry's resting place  at Clayton Woods Natural Burial Ground