'Social distancing, Vauxhall Car Factory, Wirral' - a view looking down, showing men wearing protective face masks during the Covid-19 lockdown seated at tables two meters apart, on their tea breaks

17 Apr 2020
Vauxhall Motors Ltd, North Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West and Chester
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 by the artist Tristan Poyser to represent the North West region. It was taken at 10.45 on 17th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "As a documentary photographer, I look to communicate other peoples' experiences. The photo made at the Vauxhall car factory demonstrates how working life will be altered for many employees in our society due to social distancing and other restrictions. The photograph is an image of the near future."


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


© Alla Bogdanovic

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Photographer: Mcpherson, Colin


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