Photos taken at any time in 2020 can be uploaded until
10th January 2021.
Change to consent
If you photograph children either at home or outside in a family group with one or both parents, then verbal consent for these children can be given by the accompanying adult (provided the child/ren agree). This alteration to our Terms and Conditions will be reviewed when the lockdown is over.
Photo by Mark MacFeeters
The prospect of a vaccine against Covid-19 at the end of this month has begun to modify our fear of the virus to a growing impatience and frustration with the life and cultural changes it has engendered. These changes and the disciplines needed to halt it are exemplified by the small scale of public involvement permitted at the ceremonies of Remembrance and Armistice Day during November, as shown in our photos for our 2020 Vision Project.
The celebrations of Christmas, in our families and collectives, likewise, will be very different this year. Already people are planning Zoom or similar meetings and activities with their families and friends.
As we enter our final month with the project, we want to secure a really large number of photographic contributions to show how people in Bishop’s Waltham in 2020 adapted to the changes written about at the start of this Curator’s View: that we want to find and record new and creative ways that we have developed to celebrate our most important annual festival. If you have illuminated the outside of your house, let’s have a picture of it! If you have decorations indoors, let’s see them! If you have thought of any other innovations, let’s receive a photographic record to round off what has been an extraordinary year!
Photo by Trish Simpson-Davis
As our routines develop to protect ourselves and to deal with the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic, the advancing cold weather during October has provided the only significant changes in the visual imagery for our 2020 project this month. The face masks, queues to enter shops and so on, are losing their novelty: the images have been replaced by images of the magical sights and colours of the changing landscapes around us, as the summer greens change to the autumnal golds and orange and yellow.
As the rain, wind, damp and cold of the winter months push in, so the incidence of illnesses amongst us will increase, as will the need to be less out of doors. Inevitably, our traditional activities for the next period will suffer. Christmas celebrations, Christmas street markets, family parties, bonfire night et al will be significantly different. How we modify or replace these will require ingenuity and creative thought, and the Bishop’s Waltham Museum 2020 Vision project will be much enhanced to receive photographs that record how you have dealt with these changes. Our twelve months of recording life in Bishop’s Waltham is nearing the end, with two months just to go. We set out with notions and a broad plan of what we intended to do, but could not have contemplated the disruption to all our lives that the last eight months have seen.
Photo by John Coote
There is a perceptible fatigue about our world with the virus, and a rather weary acceptance of the precautions we are obliged to take for our personal safety. Yet our daily lives continue, perhaps reduced in scope and planning, and with hastily narrowed horizons. This can, however, provide us with opportunities to see our immediate surroundings with a fresh eye. The familiar can become unfamiliar; the mundane extraordinary and the established pattern of our lives, disestablished. Rather in the way that John Coote’s marvellous aerial photographs have contributed to this 2020 Vision project to provide a new way to see our town and our perceptions and understanding of it. With a little more visual awareness and imagination we all can do the same with our cameras at street level and in our homes and gardens to ensure the strength in depth of this project. There are many fine examples of photographs already submitted to our collection which surpass all expectations in their creativity, sensitivity and thoughtfulness, and we look forward to three more months of contributions from everybody.
As winter bears down on us, with all the fears of further lockdown and restriction, we can look out for images which define the shapes and lives of Bishop’s Waltham in 2020, and how we responded to the malady which has befallen us.
Photo by Tony Hunt
Our disrupted patterns of home life continue, despite all efforts to install normalcy in the face of this continuing Coronavirus pandemic. In Bishop’s Waltham, an informal visit was organised by the Parish Council during the month for the Mayor of Winchester personally to thank community volunteers and village shopkeepers and their staff for their initiatives and help during the lockdown and aftermath. The Committees of village organisations are now regularly holding Zoom e-conference meetings to begin finding ways of re-establishing programmes into the autumn and beyond. We are now used to wearing face coverings and standing the regulatory two metres apart in public. No doubt there will be further changes to the ways in which we live, and it is an essential part of this Bishop’s Waltham 2020 Vision project that the changes, and accommodation of changes, are recorded for this unique year in our history. For this we need your support by submitting many more photographs to our website of how your everyday lives in the village are affected; whether at home, in the garden, on the farm or at work, if your workplace is local.
We are now commencing the ninth month of our project and our village and home activities normally change as the winter weather approaches. This year we are wholly unable to forecast or plan our responses, and consequently we call upon your ingenuity to make creative and imaginative photographs that contribute to the aims of Bishop’s Waltham 2020 Vision.
Photo by Nick Goldsmith
The Coronavirus pandemic continues its destructive path through the normality of our lives. There are signs of accommodating its imposition, of course, as socially-distanced shopping, holidays and many sports reappear this summer, though in much-altered form. The photographs submitted to the Bishop’s Waltham 2020 Vision project during July show everybody trying to keep the statutory two-metres apart, whether at the supermarket or on the golf course. The things that have to be done; get done. The crops ripen in the fields and are harvested. Injured animals are rescued and are rehabilitated. Buildings are erected and are dwelt in. Essential repairs to all aspects of our complex lives are made. However, all these activities and how we deal with them are being modified by the potential presence of the unseen virus.
We need to show how these modifications are being made, for both temporary and permanent changes, and how these changes will record and reflect on how we will come to live in Bishop’s Waltham from 2020. We also need in this time of change to keep images of the normalcy of our daily lives. These are the essences of our project, and we welcome your continued support through your photographic contributions during the remainder of the year.
Photo by Trish Simpson-Davis
Photo by Jon Belfield
What a curious time this is! Around us, nothing has changed: but everything is different. This paradox brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic is reflected in the photographs submitted to our 2020 Vision project during the month of June. The observation that a future researcher might make about the images, is how deserted our town and surroundings appear to be. Appreciating that we are emerging from a gradual easing of the lockdown, where are you, and what are you doing? There is evidence of activity in abundance, but where are people in the photographs?
Some of last month’s photographs were more animated as a result of the VE75 street parties allowing some controlled socialising, albeit with appropriate distancing. The incremental lifting of restrictions, though, gives more freedom in one way, but incurs further restriction in other ways. For example, the opening of non-essential shops and stores on the High Street has closed parking there, to accommodate social-distancing on the pavement. There are several examples amongst the photos submitted for June, although the number of images overall is fewer than in previous months.
We have now reached the half-way stage of our project, and all residents of Bishop’s Waltham are warmly invited to contribute their photographs to maintain the great value of this venture.
This month has seen the Coronavirus pandemic commencing a long-awaited retreat, with a relaxation in some of the rules around lockdown. The first very small, but significant, changes coincided with the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe – a time in other circumstances for nostalgic and unashamedly jingoistic street parties decorated with Union flags, Allied flags and White ensigns… but a time of Covid-19 brought forward tentative yet inventive ways of celebrating at a distance from each other. These mildly creative solutions have been recorded by photography as a defining part of Bishop’s Waltham’s 2020 Vision project for the month.
April continued to provide warming and sunnier weather, culminating in a record-breaking hot and dry month of May right up to June. This meant that many of our other contributions to the project have derived from a celebration of the beautiful landscapes in and around our town: an indulgence of greenness, growth and gratitude. However, as we take off our walking boots and put away our bicycles, we can restore a balance of recording what we are actually doing in our homes, gardens and work places during the coming weeks. We certainly welcome your photographic contributions to that end.
Lockdown is impacting on all our lives, as evidenced by the 118 photographs accepted this month for our 2020 Vision project here in Bishop’s Waltham. There are pictures of our activities at home, in the garden, and where permissible, in our locality, which illustrate the social distancing we are keeping. There are many images of notices, both formal and informal, which inform, advise or instruct us of changed circumstances to our shopping, work and education. There are rainbow pictures, mostly painted by children and posted in windows, which support the health workers practising in harm’s way.
Although the pandemic we are now experiencing has overshadowed much else, the contributors to 2020 Vision are still very much aware of the natural world about us, uploading photographs of the exceptionally wet end to winter followed by the welcome warm and sunny month this April. This is the essence of our project: to photographically record life in every aspect, in detail, at this time in our town as a legacy for the future. We welcome your contribution.
Unsurprisingly, only 36 photos were uploaded in March, but nearly half, 15, were rated outstanding, with some fabulous views from the air by the newly-formed Bishop’s Waltham Drone Operators, before their work was abruptly cut short. We hope the group will soon be able survey more of our historically important areas to give up-to-date answers to questions like: ‘What does the area covered by the Great Pond look like today?’ and ‘Where were the Roman roads?’ So if you see one of our drones this summer, we promise that it’s not at all interested in you!
Coronavirus update from our Curator, Tony Hunt:
What an extraordinary and sudden turn of events! The coronavirus emergency has changed just about every aspect of our lives: not least, our 2020 Vision project here in Bishop’s Waltham. In the grand scheme of things this may seem a fairly trivial pursuit, but, providing we are safe and well and adhering to the Government’s rules on social isolation, there is every opportunity to contribute to this important – now even more important – project to record everyday life in our communities during 2020.
Considering the historical global impact of the epidemic, how we responded on a day-to-day basis will be of great interest and importance to future historians. We may be confined to our own homes and gardens, or the immediate locale, but we can think creatively about how we tell future generations about our present predicament: we have the ideal technology with our smart phones and their internal cameras to give insights into the experiences of lockdown.