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Boundary Park Features In Historic England Archive

3 June 2020

Oldham Athletic are one of a select few submissions to be included in the Picturing Lockdown Collection.

In late April Historic England launched Picturing Lockdown, a unique project in which they asked the public to submit photos to document their experiences of one week in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

An exceptional public response meant almost 3,000 public submissions from across England were received, capturing a record of an extraordinary time.

Historic England selected the 100 most evocative, informative and inspiring, added 50 newly commissioned works by ten contemporary artists and 50 more from Historic England’s photographers to create a final collection to be added to the Historic England Archive.

Seven days during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown captured by members of the public included this wonderful photo shared by Stuart Bennett of Boundary Park, which is now a part of this amazing collection for future generations and one of the 15 images from the public featuring the North West.

Named 'Latics Lockdown' the image is supported with a comment from Stuart himself;

"Missing the football, the atmosphere, the shared highs and lows and the community of football at Boundary Park where like-minded souls come to worship on every other Saturday. Keep the faith! X"

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

It aimed to spark conversations about identity and has now created a unique and reflective record of a week across the nation, during this extraordinary moment in history.

These 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 us shape what we all remember about this time.

You can view the Picturing Lockdown Collection by clicking here.


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