Sheffield photographer's lockdown image will be added to historic archive

A Sheffield photographer is one of only 10 in Yorkshire to have his work selected for a place in history.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 2:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 4:11 pm

This week Historic England revealed the images from across the county which have been added to the Historic England Archive as part of the Picturing Lockdown Collection, now freely accessible online.

This follows a national week-long call out where the public were asked to share images that document their experience of seven days in “lockdown”, which resulted in nearly 3,000 submissions from across England.

The collection features three images from Sheffield, including Climbing the Walls, by local photographer and climber Jody Cliffe.

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He said: “As someone who explores in the Peak District a lot of the time as an artist, photographer or climber, I am missing the adventure.

“This m ight include some boredom and wanting to provide a laugh for others.”

The call-out for imagery was the first time the public have been asked to capture photographs for the archive since the Second World War.

The unique responses have formed a visual record in Historic England’s Archive, the nation’s archive for records of England’s historic buildings, archaeology and social history, which will help shape what is remembered about this time.

A spokesman said: “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.”

Alongside the public call out, 10 contemporary artists were also asked to produce images documenting lockdown during the seven-day period.

Charles Smith, acting r egional director for the North East and Yorkshire at Historic England, said: “The fascinating response to our Picturing Lockdown call-out sheds light on our collective and individual experiences of lockdown.

“It provides a snapshot into this unusual time that will be accessible for future generations to see and learn from.

“ Our thanks go out to all who submitted their work.”

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