An empty Kingston due to lockdown, UK.
An shopping centre at Kingston empty due to lockdown, UK. Image: Bernard Sharp Geograph CC BY SA 2.0

Picturing Lockdown Collection: Historic England archives images illustrating the lockdown

200 images were added to Historic England Archives as Picturing Lockdown Collection now freely accessible online.

The call out was the first time the public have been asked to capture photographs for the Archive since the Second World War. There was an overwhelming response from the public with 2984 submissions from across the country. The pictures give an unique insight into people’s experiences in this momentous time in history. Some of the common themes include mages of healthcare workers and rainbows (now synonymous with supporting the NHS), as well as leisure pursuits including baking, gardening, board games and zoom quizzes. 

Read further on the collection at Historic England.