'Desolate Durham' - a woman wearing a protective face mask walking down Owengate during the Covid-19 lockdown, with Durham Cathedral in the background

1 May 2020
Owengate, Durham, County Durham
Photograph (Digital)
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The Picturing Lockdown Collection was created during April and May 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During seven days the public were asked to submit photographs that they felt best represented their experiences of lockdown in England, and from these submissions one hundred representing all the different geographic regions were chosen to be archived with Historic England. Alongside these images, ten artists were commissioned to produce their own images over the course of five days, representing their lockdown experience. These were supplemented with images by Historic England’s own photographers. Together, the Picturing Lockdown collection forms a permanent visual record of this unusual time in history.

This photograph is one of the one hundred images taken by the public, and was chosen to represent the North East region. It was taken at 08.54 on 1st May 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "Durham is usually a city teeming with life, from locals to tourists and students. It's incredibly rare for the area around the Cathedral in particular to be empty so early in the morning when students and workers would usually be rushing around. Instead, the Cathedral stands still, waiting for people."


This is part of the Sub Series: HEC01/036/01 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Public Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Serena Hasan

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Photographer: Hasan, Serena


Medieval Cathedral, Health And Welfare, Street Scene