Giles MacDonald Lettering
01295 277554

Commemorative plaques and tablets

An individually designed commemorative plaque or tablet, hand carved in slate and stone.

A hand lettered commemorative plaque or tablet can be a delightful way to mark a special person, place or event. Often carved in slate or stone they can also be made in wood, metal and glass – or even carved directly into the wall.

Foundation stones and opening plaques celebrate a new building. They mark the completion of a successful project involving many stakeholders. A tablet can be an attractive and elegant way to acknowledge the contribution of an individual or group of people, or a way of commemorating the life of a loved one.

Every plaque or tablet is carefully made using materials appropriate to the setting, whether in a church, school, college or sensitive historic building. The layout of the inscription is designed to be visually attractive and to harmonise with its surroundings. The carved lettering can be left plain, painted or gilded with gold or platinum leaf. A well designed commemorative plaque offers more than just a historical record of a person or event – it can become a point of interest in a building, adding to our sense of place and enjoyment.

In the case of wall mounted plaques we use invisible fixings installed in the back of the stone or slate. Commemorative plaques and tablets are often unveiled and the workshop is experienced in delivering to the tight deadlines this involves. We supply all the drawings, sketches and samples needed for the decision making process.

Everything made by the workshop is bespoke, and designed especially. If you’d like to discuss a possible commission for a commemorative plaque or tablet we’d love to hear from you. Consultations are free of charge and studio visits are always welcomed.

Get in touch with Giles

If you’d like to discuss a possible lettering project we’d love to hear from you. Email the workshop on or call 01295 277554