A photo of Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne and his grandson Lyle has been selected by Historic England for its ‘Picturing Lockdown’ collection.
The photo shows Gwynne logging on to the virtual Parliament on the first day of virtual proceedings in the 700 year history of the House of Commons. His grandson Lyle is giving some help!
Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s historic environment, selected the photo as one of 100 public images in the ‘Picturing Lockdown’ collection.
For the ‘Picturing Lockdown’ project, Historic England asked the public to submit photos to document their experiences of one week in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of almost 3,000 public submissions from across England, 100 were selected and placed in the archive alongside some specially commissioned photos by 10 contemporary artists.
The call-out was the first time the public have been asked to capture photographs for the Archive since the Second World War.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was very pleased that this picture was chosen to be part of such an important archive of photos.
“We are living through a very strange and difficult time, which has changed how we all live our lives and so I think it’s vital that this is documented so that future generations can understand what life was like in lockdown.
“This photo documents the historic first virtual session of Parliament, but also shows some of the issues with working from home during this time!”