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!
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.
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.
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.