'Olympus Chippie, Bolton' - three people wearing protective face masks, behind the counter at the Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant, during the Covid-19 pandemic

25 Apr 2020
Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant, 35-41 Great Moor Street, Bolton
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 West region. It was taken at 11.34 on 25th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "Northerners are known for their resilience and being able to smile in the face of adversity, so I was pleased to see the staff at this town centre chippie all cheerily wearing masks, getting ready to serve “dinner” (northern mid-day meal) to locals."


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


© Julia Uttley

People & Organisations

Photographer: Uttley, Julia


21st Century Fish And Chip Shop, Food And Drink, Health And Welfare, People At Work