Posted on June 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Anyone who’s been to London has likely spotted blue plaques honoring famous Brits, including various authors.

The Guardian reports that while there are no plans to alter these landmarks, the website providing further information on them has been updated to acknowledge the authors’ less-savory sides.

English Heritage — which protects historic sites across the island — has added information to the listings for Enid Blyton and Rudyard Kipling that addresses ways in which their values don’t align with modern ones.

In the case of Blyton, that means commenting on her writing’s “racism, xenophobia and lack of literary merit”; for Kipling, his “racist and imperialist sentiments.”

Each author lived in London at some point, and the Guardian emphasizes that the blue plaques at those sites will remain untouched.

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