Yorkshire lockdown photos in the the Historic England Archive
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Historic England reveals the 10 images from across Yorkshire that have been added to the Historic England Archive as part of the Picturing Lockdown Collection.
Historic England announced a national week-long call out where the public were asked to share images that document their experience of seven days in “lockdown” from 29th April – 5th May, which resulted in nearly 3,000 submissions from across England.
The campaign received an overwhelming reception from across England, with 2,984 submissions received over the course of seven days. 189 were received from across Yorkshire.
The submissions give a fascinating insight into people’s experiences in this unprecedented time. Images sent in by people across Yorkshire featured empty playgrounds and streets, as well as leisure pursuits such as baking. The concept of gratitude featured in submissions through images of graffiti and road markings thanking health workers.
Samantha Toolsie - Leeds train station cleaner.
A woman cleans in Leeds train station, a now empty public space, meticulously and taking pride in her duties. Normally often overseen or barely noticeable her presence now fills the concourse in what is usually the rush hour at 9am.
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Tim Dennell - Closed pub thanks NHS and key workers.
Pubs were ordered to shut, and they did. Shops and restaurants had already closed. I work in a key service sector and was moved to see that though businesses like this are being hard hit they’d put a message thanking the NHS staff.
John Puntis - New road markings outside Leeds General Infirmary.
Public appreciation for the NHS has been expressed in a variety of ways. Here council workers have added markings to the road just outside Leeds Infirmary, to be seen by all passers by and motorists.
Nicola Corrigan - Breathing.
We are so used to spending so much time rushing around filling our lives with work, travel and socialising that we rarely take time to explore our local surroundings. During lock down we have walked all around our village, experiencing it again and this is the view from the highest point. The view was so clear we could see right to Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales. After living here all my life is almost like I am a visitor in my own home.
Gill Crawshaw - Help yourself - fresh today.
This is a typical example of the displays of neighbourliness that people are showing in lockdown. An anonymous neighbour offers home grown produce to whoever might pass by. I did help myself to some of this rhubarb. It made a delicious rhubarb fool later.
Ben Gibb-Reid - Play grounded.
Despite severe restrictions, we are finding ways to cultivate joy. The gorgeous sunset over the fenced off playground shows the contrast of lockdown and leisure. The Fulford park usually full of laughter and energy is granted a peaceful stillness. It kind of feels like a coming of age wake up call of our times.
Colin Waller Stonehouse - Daily Whitby Walk.
Whitby is usually very very busy, since lockdown we have walked daily in quiet empty streets, a scary vision of a town reliant on tourism, but also a rare treat to enjoy our town alone.
Simon Wallis - Lockdown teenage drummers drumkit.
My 14 year old son pounds his drum kit when he’s feeling most frustrated about being locked down with his family & away from all his mates. I noticed what had happened to the drum skins since lockdown when the light hit them at this angle.
Jill Ingle - Lockdown Pie.
I rekindled my love of baking.
Jody Cliffe - Climbing the walls.
As someone who explores in the Peak District a lot of the time as an artist, photographer or climber, I am missing the adventure. Might include some boredom and wanting to provide a laugh for others.
Alongside the public call out, ten contemporary artists from across England were also asked to produce images documenting lockdown during the seven days.
Leeds-based artist Coralie Datta captured some of the positive feelings of neighbourliness and camaraderie in her area, which is a mixture of university students and locals, brought about through lockdown.