'Roman Road says Thank You' - a large number of hand-painted signs thanking the NHS and other key workers, displayed around the street sign for Roman Road during the Covid-19 lockdown

22 Apr 2020
Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, Greater London Authority
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 Central London region. It was taken at 16.17 on 22nd April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "In my lockdown, I have loved seeing how people are showing their gratitude to key workers; coloured chalk, window rainbows and this - a communal, public display. Something new pops up and it makes you stop in your tracks."


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


© Alessandra Cocksedge

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cocksedge, Alessandra


Health And Welfare, Street Scene