'NHS Mannequins' - A view of a shop window with mannequins wearing t shirts with NHS slogans

29 Apr 2020
Lads and Lasses Children's Schoolwear, 50A Warstones Road, Penn Fields, City of Wolverhampton
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, taken at 14.00 on 29th April 2020, is the first of seven images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Anand Chhabra, and represents the West Midlands region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "The photograph shows the spirit of the owners who have lost business, they normally supply school children's clothing and workers clothing. But in their support for the NHS they have printed their own T-Shirts for display to the public in their shop window. The most visible experiences I have of the local community where I walk is the amazing creative pictures and messages that are displayed in gratitude and thankfulness. People are getting very creative in their slogans for the NHS."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/05 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Anand Chhabra; within the Sub Series: HEC01/036/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Artists' Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Anand Chhabra

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Photographer: Chhabra, Anand


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