'Forest Road, London E8' - two children climbing on the railings beneath an apartment block as they call up to their friends on a first floor balcony during the Covid-19 lockdown

25 Apr 2020
Forest Road, Dalston, Hackney, 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 London Suburbs region. It was taken at 18.10 on 25th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "Local children socialising at a distance, adapting and chatting far apart instead of visiting and playing with each other, on one of the beautifully warm and pleasant spring evenings that made it all easier to bear."


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


© Alison Goldie

People & Organisations

Photographer: Goldie, Alison


Apartment, Childhood, Health And Welfare