Install a Heritage Plaque for George Polgreen Bridgetower

Please sign this petition to commemorate a very worthy composer:

This petition is for the installation of a heritage plaque for George Bridgetower on the Assembly Rooms, Bath. Born in Poland to a Barbadian, John Friederich Bridgetower, and a German, Maria Ursula, George showed musical talent from an early age. He was tutored by Haydn and later befriended by Beethoven who wrote a sonata dedicated to him (this dedication changed to ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ some years later). At the age of 8, Bridgetower played his first professional concert in Frankfurt and at 11 he played for George III at the Bath Assembly Rooms. He was taken under Royal protection by the Prince of Wales and moved in elite circles across Europe until his mid-thirties. He died in Peckham, South London in 1860. 

There are over sixty heritage plaques that can be found in Bath, these document people who lived or visited the city in the 18th and 19th Century. There is a plan to bring back the bronze plaque scheme, but under different criteria - with the plan to only memorialise those who stayed in the city for a considerable period of time. However, the current plaques memorialise those who visited for a number of hours, or one overnight stay. They also celebrate the names of slave owners, colonialists and other names which are under scrutiny such as Winston Churchill who visited Bath for a matter of hours. He attended one meeting with the Primrose League in Claverton Manor. 

Until the installation of a plaque on Fairfield House for Haile Selassie in 1959, none of the heritage plaques celebrated the presence of black people in Bath. 

This is not a petition for the removal of any plaques, but for equality through the installation of names who made a significant contribution to the city from different backgrounds. If this scheme is brought back it must level the playing field and demonstrate to young black and ethnic minority citizens that Bath recognises the successes of people of all colours as well as the presence of black people in Bath during the Georgian period. We cannot continue the erasure of black narratives across the South West of England.

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