'Pebble Towers, Whitley Bay' - a woman standing on the beach in front of hundreds of small stone cairns or towers, during the Covid-19 lockdown

27 Apr 2020
Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
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 10.06 on 27th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "These pebble pillars have been constructed during lockdown; some are dedicated to the NHS. My dog and I did our daily exercise on the beach, instead of the local park, especially to see them: one high tide and they will be gone so it's a unique moment in time."


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


© Sue Nicholson

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Photographer: Nicholson, Sue


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