Sir James Black: Blue Plaque application for JKPS building

Sir James Black in his laboratoryThe Friends of Judith Kerr Primary School have put in an application for a Southwark Association Blue Plaque for Sir James Black OM. The ground-breaking and Nobel Prize-winning scientist lived in Herne Hill and worked in the building that now houses Judith Kerr Primary School. The Sir James Black Foundation was based in the building from 1988 to 2006.

Applications are accepted between 1st January and 1st June each year and the applications are then scrutinised by a steering committee of local historians. Successful applications will go up for public vote between 30th June and 15th September.

Read all about Sir James’s ground-breaking and life-enhancing work in the application here. By raising the profile of Sir James’s association with the JKPS building, we hope to help attract funding to restore and put back into use areas not currently available to the school, such as the basement and the lecture theatre.

Sir James Black welcomes HRH Princess Anne

From 30th June there will also be details of how to vote and a voting form. Votes can also be cast in libraries.

Thank you for your continuing support. We hope you enjoy reading about this fascinating aspect of our school building’s history.

These archive photos of Sir James Black in his laboratory in what is now the school and welcoming HRH Princess Anne to the newly refurbished facility in 1988 were kindly provided by Professor Rona Black. She has also written a note of support the Friends’ application.

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