'Miss You Grandma' - a young boy standing outside a house, reaching up with a ball towards his grandmother who is leaning out from a first floor window, during the Covid-19 lockdown

3 Apr 2020
BEXHILL, Rother, East Sussex
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 South East region. It was taken at 15.46 on 3rd April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "On our weekly visit to drop essential supplies to my parents, my son found this ball in the garden and started trying to play with his Grandma. Although it’s a blessing he doesn’t know what’s going on, it’s equally heartbreaking that he doesn’t understand why she can’t come down for a cuddle and play."


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


© Lucey Banner

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Photographer: Banner, Lucey


Childhood, Health And Welfare