'Not Such a Micro Message' - a spray painted slogan thanking the NHS on the closed metal security shutters of the Tipsy Toad Micro Pub during the Covid-19 lockdown

28 Apr 2020
Tipsy Toad Micro Pub, 76 Heaton Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
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 16.30 on 28th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "I've walked along this road (Heaton Road) on numerous occasions and have never once noticed this micro pub. Now, during lockdown, the pub stands out. Not only because of its huge "thank you" to the NHS but, as the streets are no longer crowded, I'm actually "seeing" things and paying attention."


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


© Janice Brown

People & Organisations

Photographer: Brown, Janice


Public House, Health And Welfare