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The Haydn Society of Great Britain is putting up the first commemorative plaque in London to the composer Joseph Haydn.
165 backers pledged £5,455 to help bring this project to life.

Fine-tuning the plaque

Posted by The Haydn Society of Great Britain (Creator)
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Hello there! Important news in this update. No, not that we've passed 100 pledges of money - though that is a great reflection of how widely the campaign is spreading.

In this update we'd like to show you a small adjustment to the plaque itself:

Two things are different. Firstly, we have removed Haydn's little-used first name Franz. Our director has spoken to Dr. Walter Reicher of the Haydn Foundation & Festival, Eisenstadt who felt obliged to point out that Haydn, when he used first names at all, really only used Josef, or Joseph in English. This adjustment also helps us to make the plaque clearer. English Heritage's guidelines offer this advice:

"... the importance of legibility and accessibility cannot be overstated... Obviously, there will always be some who find plaques harder to read than others, but it is important to bear their needs in mind and – in terms of ease of legibility, ready understanding and design overall – it is almost always best to include fewer words than more."

(English Heritage: Celebrating People & Place, 2010, p. 90)

The second and much smaller difference comes from the first. In concentrating on the name 'Joseph Haydn', we found the design did not quite work in the space with 'Joseph' in lower case. Being all upper case brings the full name into line with the plaques for Mozart and Handel, which are on buildings not far from 18 Great Pulteney Street (and which are featured in our dedicated plaque web page).

It's exciting to have settled on what is probably the final design as it will appear on the plaque! With every day we are getting nearer the total we need to make it and put it up. It's a special thing to be a part of and we hope that you think so too. Thanks again and stay posted for more news!

Peter Kettle, Simon Moody, and 3 more people like this update.

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