Historic England urges nation to document lock-down life

Amanda Nicholls April 29, 2020
Historic England urges nation to document lock-down life

It’s the first time since the Second World War that the public have been asked to record their lives for the Historic England archive.

Historic England is asking people across the nation to share images that document their lock-down experiences.

A hundred images – alongside the work of ten artists – will be added to the organisation’s archive to record this remarkable time in history.

Sharing our experiences

From rainbows in windows to star jumps on balconies, images shared across social media show how we are all coping with the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation.

Running from 29April to 5 May, the #PicturingLockdown project will aim to create a reflective record of seven days in isolation.

The initiative hopes to spark a conversation about identity and its connection to history and place.

Claudia Kenyatta, head of regions at Historic England, said: “We are facing one of the most extraordinary moments in living memory.

“We are asking the public and some of our most talented contemporary artists to help us record history, while being careful to abide by the government’s social distancing measures.

“We want people to show us how communities have come together and life has changed for us all. These challenging times are encouraging us all to pause and reflect upon our relationship with our surroundings.

“We hope this project inspires creativity and reflection, allowing the public to create a unique time capsule for the future.”

Photograph by © Paul Marks

Historic England image selection

The 50 most evocative, informative and inspiring images will combine with works from artists across the country.

These will form part of a collection that will be catalogued and made freely accessible online.

Artists include Bristolian Malaika Kegode, whose work focuses on finding beauty and hope amid darkness, through themes of family, mental health and addiction.

Also Anand Chhabra, a West Midlands documentary photographer who engages communities with little or no involvement in the arts with co-creative work.

And Derbyshire’s Bella Milroy, who uses sculpture, drawings, photography and text to explore how we touch and make contact with our surroundings.

Historic England is asking the public to adhere to social distancing measures when taking part in this project. They must only go outside for food, health reasons or for work if they cannot work from home.

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