A Digital Community Exhibition – July 2020

 Together with the rest of the UK, Wycombe Museum went into lockdown on 23 March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Museum staff worked from home to begin with, then most were furloughed. Keeping in touch with our volunteers, one of them suggested we do an exhibition of local experiences of lockdown. This became possible with funding from Arts Council England, and we appealed for photos of lockdown through social media.

The images we received divided into sections, reflecting the main themes of lockdown:

  • Staying Home
  • Supporting the NHS
  • Making and Growing
  • Connecting Remotely
  • Once a Day Outdoors
  • Coming Together Safely
  • Lifting Lockdown

Section 1 – Staying Home

The Government told us to Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives. During full lockdown, between 23 March and 11 May, we were all only allowed to leave home for limited reasons: shopping for essentials, seeking medical assistance, helping a vulnerable person and once a day for exercise. The photographs in this section show some of the activities that became home-based, including school and work. It also shows some views of very quiet roads in Wycombe district.

By Stuart Hall, taken in Hazlemere
"Sunrise in Hazlemere. With the death, suffering and all other terrible things going on. The world shows us what a beautiful place it still is."
By Stuart Hall, taken in Hazlemere "Sunrise in Hazlemere. With the death, suffering and all other terrible things going on. The world shows us what a beautiful place it still is."
By Michael New, taken in Marlow
Lockdown traffic on Marlow Bridge
By Michael New, taken in Marlow Lockdown traffic on Marlow Bridge
By Lorraine Newbey, taken in Stokenchurch
"I will remember lockdown for many reasons, but in particular for the memories of my family that it gave me. I was able to watch my son grow and see his very first steps! As a teacher, I would have normally missed out on this, but virtual teaching allowed me to experience this moment of joy."
By Lorraine Newbey, taken in Stokenchurch "I will remember lockdown for many reasons, but in particular for the memories of my family that it gave me. I was able to watch my son grow and see his very first steps! As a teacher, I would have normally missed out on this, but virtual teaching allowed me to experience this moment of joy."
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe
Home working during lockdown
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe Home working during lockdown
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe
Exercising with Joe Wickes
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe Exercising with Joe Wickes
By Keith Spencer, taken on the Rye, High Wycombe
"It’s not a picture I’ve taken - as an over-70 I’m not supposed to go out just to take photos. The Rye on Saturday morning is usually filled with over 300 people doing Parkrun, not empty with no-one in sight. Parkrun is not a race but you do get a T-shirt depending on how many runs you've done - red for 50 runs, black for 100 and green for 250. I reached 200 last October and set myself the target, this year, of being the first in my family to reach 250. I got to 220 when lock-down hit. Clearly Parkrun cannot operate with any form of social distancing so I can’t help wondering if I will ever, now, get to wear the green T-shirt."
By Keith Spencer, taken on the Rye, High Wycombe "It’s not a picture I’ve taken - as an over-70 I’m not supposed to go out just to take photos. The Rye on Saturday morning is usually filled with over 300 people doing Parkrun, not empty with no-one in sight. Parkrun is not a race but you do get a T-shirt depending on how many runs you've done - red for 50 runs, black for 100 and green for 250. I reached 200 last October and set myself the target, this year, of being the first in my family to reach 250. I got to 220 when lock-down hit. Clearly Parkrun cannot operate with any form of social distancing so I can’t help wondering if I will ever, now, get to wear the green T-shirt."
By John Norris, The Snapologist (Marlow Camera Club)
The road into Stokenchurch devoid of all traffic
By John Norris, The Snapologist (Marlow Camera Club) The road into Stokenchurch devoid of all traffic
'Quiet Skies' by Deirdre White, taken in High Wycombe
"One of the things everyone has mentioned is being able hear the birdsong so clearly during lockdown."
'Quiet Skies' by Deirdre White, taken in High Wycombe "One of the things everyone has mentioned is being able hear the birdsong so clearly during lockdown."
By Christopher Young, taken in Stokenchurch
"I put 10 books out for people to just take as libraries were shut and it ballooned into this! Everybody says, 'What a great idea,' but it was never intended. It now takes me 15 minutes to put the books out each morning, weather permitting, and 15 minutes to bring them back in."
By Christopher Young, taken in Stokenchurch "I put 10 books out for people to just take as libraries were shut and it ballooned into this! Everybody says, 'What a great idea,' but it was never intended. It now takes me 15 minutes to put the books out each morning, weather permitting, and 15 minutes to bring them back in."
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley
"Even real teachers don’t normally teach Year 8 and Year 4 at the same time! Thank goodness children are so resilient. This photo was taken on the last day of the summer term, after four full months of home schooling. It's been a steep learning curve for us all."
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley "Even real teachers don’t normally teach Year 8 and Year 4 at the same time! Thank goodness children are so resilient. This photo was taken on the last day of the summer term, after four full months of home schooling. It's been a steep learning curve for us all."

Section 2 – Supporting the NHS

Staying at home protected the NHS from being overwhelmed as well as protecting individuals. The photographs in this section show some of the other ways in which people supported the NHS.

By Tony Green, taken in High Wycombe
"For a couple of Thursday evenings the Wycombe Arts Centre was illuminated to recognise and thank the NHS workers. The old church made a stunning backdrop and message board."
By Tony Green, taken in High Wycombe "For a couple of Thursday evenings the Wycombe Arts Centre was illuminated to recognise and thank the NHS workers. The old church made a stunning backdrop and message board."
By Tony Green, taken in Totteridge
"Just inside the Totteridge Common entrance of Kingswood is this tree. It has been decorated with slogans and symbols thanking the NHS workers. The items on the tree have been added to as the weeks have gone by."
By Tony Green, taken in Totteridge "Just inside the Totteridge Common entrance of Kingswood is this tree. It has been decorated with slogans and symbols thanking the NHS workers. The items on the tree have been added to as the weeks have gone by."
By Heather Green, taken High Wycombe
"Although face masks were optional during lockdown some were produced and sold locally by members of the community and the proceeds donated to One Can Trust, a local foodbank."
By Heather Green, taken High Wycombe "Although face masks were optional during lockdown some were produced and sold locally by members of the community and the proceeds donated to One Can Trust, a local foodbank."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Downley
"I have been making crochet rainbows with a percentage of the proceeds going to various charities including Covid-19 urgent care supplies and CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust). The rainbows can be hung in windows and are a sign of unity and hope and have become a way of showing our appreciation to the NHS and frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people order them and send them to their loved ones they cannot be with and they have proved extremely popular."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Downley "I have been making crochet rainbows with a percentage of the proceeds going to various charities including Covid-19 urgent care supplies and CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust). The rainbows can be hung in windows and are a sign of unity and hope and have become a way of showing our appreciation to the NHS and frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people order them and send them to their loved ones they cannot be with and they have proved extremely popular."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Downley
"During lockdown I have been busy making these for the NHS and frontline workers. They are used in conjunction with face masks to hook the elastic to preventing ear burn and chafing. In total to date over 3000 have gone out to hospitals across the country as well as care homes, doctors' surgeries and private clinics. They are free of charge and I have thoroughly enjoyed making them."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Downley "During lockdown I have been busy making these for the NHS and frontline workers. They are used in conjunction with face masks to hook the elastic to preventing ear burn and chafing. In total to date over 3000 have gone out to hospitals across the country as well as care homes, doctors' surgeries and private clinics. They are free of charge and I have thoroughly enjoyed making them."
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe
"My mummy works in the NHS. She is working hard and I'm proud. "
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe "My mummy works in the NHS. She is working hard and I'm proud. "
By Elly Crawley, taken High Wycombe
"As an assistant midwife this is my new norm since lockdown. We've had no time off."
By Elly Crawley, taken High Wycombe "As an assistant midwife this is my new norm since lockdown. We've had no time off."

Section 3 – Making and Growing

Art, crafts, gardening and baking helped many of us pass the time spent at home. These photos show examples of lockdown creativity from giant jigsaws to miniature houses.

By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe
Art and craft at home during lockdown
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe Art and craft at home during lockdown
By Hilary Payne, taken in Downley
"A product of a quiet afternoon with the children and the Hamma beads. The rainbow symbol popped up in all the windows, so I made my own version. I remember thinking, 'I'll make this and keep it as a momento of this strange quiet time. It'll probably be the first and last time I have time to play with Hamma beads'."
By Hilary Payne, taken in Downley "A product of a quiet afternoon with the children and the Hamma beads. The rainbow symbol popped up in all the windows, so I made my own version. I remember thinking, 'I'll make this and keep it as a momento of this strange quiet time. It'll probably be the first and last time I have time to play with Hamma beads'."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Stokenchurch
"I have an allotment in Stokenchurch and this has been one place that it has been possible to attend during lockdown. I have really enjoyed spending time there and have successfully grown spinach this year, as well as built a mini garden for VE Day and prepared my plot for this year's crops. We hope to see a healthy abundance of herbs, peas, runners, tomatoes, beetroot, garlic and onions along with strawberries and raspberries."
By Gen Watkins, taken in Stokenchurch "I have an allotment in Stokenchurch and this has been one place that it has been possible to attend during lockdown. I have really enjoyed spending time there and have successfully grown spinach this year, as well as built a mini garden for VE Day and prepared my plot for this year's crops. We hope to see a healthy abundance of herbs, peas, runners, tomatoes, beetroot, garlic and onions along with strawberries and raspberries."
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe
Kingsley in the garden with Shannon. "We have to stay at home because of the Big Germ."
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe Kingsley in the garden with Shannon. "We have to stay at home because of the Big Germ."
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe
Art in the garden, a few days after lockdown began
By Elly Crawley, taken in High Wycombe Art in the garden, a few days after lockdown began
By Deirdre White, taken in High Wycombe
"At the beginning of lockdown, Stephen White started a 40,320 piece jigsaw. It has 10 sections which are then fitted together to make a completed jigsaw which is 6.80 metres x 1.92 metres. Each section is a different Disney film. This photo of the first section took 108 hours over 16 days to complete."
By Deirdre White, taken in High Wycombe "At the beginning of lockdown, Stephen White started a 40,320 piece jigsaw. It has 10 sections which are then fitted together to make a completed jigsaw which is 6.80 metres x 1.92 metres. Each section is a different Disney film. This photo of the first section took 108 hours over 16 days to complete."
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow 
"The garden is all I need."
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow "The garden is all I need."
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley
"Pineapple upside-down cake. My daughter's school ran a weekly bake-off contest with entries submitted via photographs. The theme for this entry was a celebration pudding. Like so many other people, we quickly began to run out of flour and the man in our local shop told me it had become 'like gold dust'. But I managed to order catering-sized bags to share with neighbours. This kept us all baking throughout lockdown!"
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley "Pineapple upside-down cake. My daughter's school ran a weekly bake-off contest with entries submitted via photographs. The theme for this entry was a celebration pudding. Like so many other people, we quickly began to run out of flour and the man in our local shop told me it had become 'like gold dust'. But I managed to order catering-sized bags to share with neighbours. This kept us all baking throughout lockdown!"
'Best of Allotment' by Terry Hastings, taken in Stokenchurch
'Best of Allotment' by Terry Hastings, taken in Stokenchurch
"Stokenchurch community allotments. Centre-piece and altogether picture of nature, fauna, self-grown vegetables, and a place to relax. Nature in balance and a reminder of self-sustainability."
'Best of Allotment' by Terry Hastings, taken in Stokenchurch 'Best of Allotment' by Terry Hastings, taken in Stokenchurch "Stokenchurch community allotments. Centre-piece and altogether picture of nature, fauna, self-grown vegetables, and a place to relax. Nature in balance and a reminder of self-sustainability."

Section 4 – Connecting Remotely

Online meetings became the main way of socialising for many of us. For those not online, the phone became more important than ever. One of our volunteers told us she was working her way through her address book, connecting with people she hadn’t spoken to in 10 years or more. These photos show just a few of the ways we connected remotely.

By Vicky Allen, taken in Downley 
"Usually our remote meet-ups went smoothly, but in early May we had a power cut during an online whisky tasting (despite the vodka bottle in the photo!). Luckily the power didn’t stay off for long. Our daughter was busy writing a university assignment that had to submitted by the end of the day. Thankfully the laptop battery lasted until the power came back on."
By Vicky Allen, taken in Downley "Usually our remote meet-ups went smoothly, but in early May we had a power cut during an online whisky tasting (despite the vodka bottle in the photo!). Luckily the power didn’t stay off for long. Our daughter was busy writing a university assignment that had to submitted by the end of the day. Thankfully the laptop battery lasted until the power came back on."
By Monica Hawkins, taken in Stokenchurch
"Whilst shielding in Stokenchurch, I responded to a request to make fabric hearts. Staff in Stoke Mandeville ITU were given a pair of matching hand-made hearts; one to give to the patient and the other for a family member to link them whilst visiting was restricted. It also provided something to connect families whose loved ones did not survive, knowing it was one of their last most recent possessions. It was a small act of kindness I could show whilst I was confined to home."
By Monica Hawkins, taken in Stokenchurch "Whilst shielding in Stokenchurch, I responded to a request to make fabric hearts. Staff in Stoke Mandeville ITU were given a pair of matching hand-made hearts; one to give to the patient and the other for a family member to link them whilst visiting was restricted. It also provided something to connect families whose loved ones did not survive, knowing it was one of their last most recent possessions. It was a small act of kindness I could show whilst I was confined to home."
By Jo Clarke, taken in Downley
Jo Clarke, with help from daughter Iris, teaching children's yoga during lockdown. Jo's children's and adult yoga classes moved online during lockdown.
By Jo Clarke, taken in Downley Jo Clarke, with help from daughter Iris, teaching children's yoga during lockdown. Jo's children's and adult yoga classes moved online during lockdown.
By Hilary Payne, taken in Downley
"A modern lockdown childhood. My daughter is playing with Lego and on my phone screen is her friend Dorothea, who lives two doors down, also playing with her Lego. They seemed to chat occasionally but otherwise just worked quietly with each other."
By Hilary Payne, taken in Downley "A modern lockdown childhood. My daughter is playing with Lego and on my phone screen is her friend Dorothea, who lives two doors down, also playing with her Lego. They seemed to chat occasionally but otherwise just worked quietly with each other."
By Fran Watkins, taken in Downley
"Throughout lockdown, we continued our book group meetings remotely."
By Fran Watkins, taken in Downley "Throughout lockdown, we continued our book group meetings remotely."
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By Donna Girling, from various locations "The members of Mill End Voices choir who raise money for High Wycombe Music Centre (part of The Bucks Music Trust) were missing singing together, so instead they created a virtual choir with their own arrangement of The Beatles' 'With a Little Help from my Friends'." Click on the image to go to a video of the performance.
By Andy Rogers, from various locations
Chiltern Music Academy (CMA) created a Virtual Orchestra and Chorus, giving all members and their families the chance to connect with each other during lockdown through a shared love of music. Players and singers learned their part at home with the support of CMA music leaders in online group rehearsals. Once participants felt confident with their part, they submitted a video recording of themselves playing and singing. When the submissions were drawn together into one, you really can appreciate that ‘There’s a Power in the Music' – a metaphor surely for the magic that results whenever our wonderful community sing and play together. CMA is an independent centre of vibrant community music making, our passion is the nurture and support of the developing musician in every child. Click on the image to go to a video of the performance!
By Andy Rogers, from various locations Chiltern Music Academy (CMA) created a Virtual Orchestra and Chorus, giving all members and their families the chance to connect with each other during lockdown through a shared love of music. Players and singers learned their part at home with the support of CMA music leaders in online group rehearsals. Once participants felt confident with their part, they submitted a video recording of themselves playing and singing. When the submissions were drawn together into one, you really can appreciate that ‘There’s a Power in the Music' – a metaphor surely for the magic that results whenever our wonderful community sing and play together. CMA is an independent centre of vibrant community music making, our passion is the nurture and support of the developing musician in every child. Click on the image to go to a video of the performance!
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley
"My daughter's lockdown 13th birthday party in May. We delivered party bags to her friends' houses a few days before. The bags contained drinks and snacks, bingo cards, a small individually wrapped cake with a candle, party poppers and a DVD that the girls all watched at the same time."
By Catherine Grigg, taken in Downley "My daughter's lockdown 13th birthday party in May. We delivered party bags to her friends' houses a few days before. The bags contained drinks and snacks, bingo cards, a small individually wrapped cake with a candle, party poppers and a DVD that the girls all watched at the same time."
By Brian Sheppard, taken in High Wycombe
Teaching Socaboxfit classes on Zoom (Thurs, 7pm to 8pm)
By Brian Sheppard, taken in High Wycombe Teaching Socaboxfit classes on Zoom (Thurs, 7pm to 8pm)

Section 5 – Once a Day Outdoors

During full lockdown we could only go outdoors for exercise once per day. As individuals, our walks and horizons were now very limited, but these photos show a range of views and scenes from across Wycombe district.

'Marlow Jewel' By Terry Hastings, taken in Marlow
"Banks of Higginson Park Marlow, swans on the Thames. For me this picture encapsulates the Covid period giving the opportunity of nature to thrive, and the picnic part of the scene where humans can co-exist."
'Marlow Jewel' By Terry Hastings, taken in Marlow "Banks of Higginson Park Marlow, swans on the Thames. For me this picture encapsulates the Covid period giving the opportunity of nature to thrive, and the picnic part of the scene where humans can co-exist."
By Michael New, taken in Marlow
Marlow Woods in lockdown
By Michael New, taken in Marlow Marlow Woods in lockdown
By Monica Hawkins, taken in Stokenchurch 
"Each week a few of us made picture treasure hunt for children to search out whilst doing their daily permitted exercise. Great fun and a lovely distraction from the doom and gloom of Covid-19."
By Monica Hawkins, taken in Stokenchurch "Each week a few of us made picture treasure hunt for children to search out whilst doing their daily permitted exercise. Great fun and a lovely distraction from the doom and gloom of Covid-19."
By Lorraine Southon, taken in Marlow
"Completing couch to 5k during lockdown."
By Lorraine Southon, taken in Marlow "Completing couch to 5k during lockdown."
By Lisa Hare, taken in Marlow Bottom
Running through the vineyard, Marlow Bottom
By Lisa Hare, taken in Marlow Bottom Running through the vineyard, Marlow Bottom
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe
"One of the things I have enjoyed the most during this strange time has been looking at the town’s architecture on our daily walks. With the quiet streets and slow pace I have really noticed the interesting architecture on some of the buildings in the centre."
By Julie Vartiainen, taken in High Wycombe "One of the things I have enjoyed the most during this strange time has been looking at the town’s architecture on our daily walks. With the quiet streets and slow pace I have really noticed the interesting architecture on some of the buildings in the centre."
By John Norris, The Snapologist (Marlow Camera Club), taken in Stokenchurch
"Clear skies gave us the opportunity to view an evening moon clearer than ever. The Kite is synonomous with Stokenchurch."
By John Norris, The Snapologist (Marlow Camera Club), taken in Stokenchurch "Clear skies gave us the opportunity to view an evening moon clearer than ever. The Kite is synonomous with Stokenchurch."
By Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch
Window of peace amid the chaos
By Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch Window of peace amid the chaos
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom
The path to the closed pub
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom The path to the closed pub
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom
The Dinosaur that Cheered Me Up
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom The Dinosaur that Cheered Me Up
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom
"Stupas (dome-shaped Bhuddist shrines) on my walk in Marlow Bottom."
By Della Fitzgerald, taken in Marlow Bottom "Stupas (dome-shaped Bhuddist shrines) on my walk in Marlow Bottom."
’Two Fingers up to Covid-19’ by A. Davidson, taken in Cressex
"This was the phrase that came to mind when I saw this fork-lift over a fence, during a walk along a strangely quiet Lancaster Road, Cressex. Enforced inactivity for a while, but hopefully it’ll back to work soon."
’Two Fingers up to Covid-19’ by A. Davidson, taken in Cressex "This was the phrase that came to mind when I saw this fork-lift over a fence, during a walk along a strangely quiet Lancaster Road, Cressex. Enforced inactivity for a while, but hopefully it’ll back to work soon."
'Shhh!!’​ by A. Davidson, taken in High Wycombe
"Daily exercise – puffing up Castle Walk, a movement made me pause at the railway bridge below Castle Hill House. 'It said CLOSED, but I’ve visited Wycombe Museum during lockdown and I think that I got away with it. Oh, no! Someone’s spotted me. I’m off!!'... And the squirrel scampered away."
'Shhh!!’​ by A. Davidson, taken in High Wycombe "Daily exercise – puffing up Castle Walk, a movement made me pause at the railway bridge below Castle Hill House. 'It said CLOSED, but I’ve visited Wycombe Museum during lockdown and I think that I got away with it. Oh, no! Someone’s spotted me. I’m off!!'... And the squirrel scampered away."
'North West View' by Terry Hastings, taken in Beacons Bottom
"Beacons Bottom within Aston Rowant Nature Reserve – a view north west. First time here. From here it’s a vision - as for so many out of COVID - of new directions whether chosen or forced. It’s a wide world out there."
'North West View' by Terry Hastings, taken in Beacons Bottom "Beacons Bottom within Aston Rowant Nature Reserve – a view north west. First time here. From here it’s a vision - as for so many out of COVID - of new directions whether chosen or forced. It’s a wide world out there."

Section 6 – Coming Together Safely

Mothers’ Day, Easter and Eid were all celebrated remotely this year, as was the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and a large number of birthdays. As lockdown lifted slightly, many of us could come together at a safe distance for celebrations and for a peaceful and safe Black Lives Matter protest in Marlow.

By Tony Green, taken in High Wycombe
"The 75th anniversary of VE Day took place on the 8th May. Many events were planned to celebrate this anniversary. Sadly, these all had to be cancelled. Buckinghamshire Council illuminated some of their buildings in red, white and blue to mark the occasion. This shows the former District Council offices in Queen Victoria Road."
By Tony Green, taken in High Wycombe "The 75th anniversary of VE Day took place on the 8th May. Many events were planned to celebrate this anniversary. Sadly, these all had to be cancelled. Buckinghamshire Council illuminated some of their buildings in red, white and blue to mark the occasion. This shows the former District Council offices in Queen Victoria Road."
By Sumit Srivastava, taken in Downley
Socially distanced VE day celebration in Hithercroft Road, Downley
By Sumit Srivastava, taken in Downley Socially distanced VE day celebration in Hithercroft Road, Downley
By Sian Griffiths, taken in High Wycombe
"The social distancing party that took place on 10/05/20 on Pimms Grove for Colin Moore’s 80th birthday. Colin is the one with his hand in the air. Everyone brought their own drink, toasted Colin and sang happy birthday. Colin was chuffed."
By Sian Griffiths, taken in High Wycombe "The social distancing party that took place on 10/05/20 on Pimms Grove for Colin Moore’s 80th birthday. Colin is the one with his hand in the air. Everyone brought their own drink, toasted Colin and sang happy birthday. Colin was chuffed."
By Michael New, taken in Marlow
"Peaceful protest in Higginson Park to support the Black Lives Matter movement."
By Michael New, taken in Marlow "Peaceful protest in Higginson Park to support the Black Lives Matter movement."
'My 50th Socially Distant Greetings' by Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch
"My friend and her children chalked on the road outside."
'My 50th Socially Distant Greetings' by Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch "My friend and her children chalked on the road outside."
By Hilary Payne, taken in White Close, Downley
"I took this and was pleased to see it had all the elements of a lockdown party: the unnatural spaced-out stances of my husband and our neighbours. The box of free plants for people to take home. The ubiquitous bunting. Our social distanced picnic tables. The three balloons of orange, white and green were to represent my Irish husband, the more traditional red, white and blue are out of shot."
By Hilary Payne, taken in White Close, Downley "I took this and was pleased to see it had all the elements of a lockdown party: the unnatural spaced-out stances of my husband and our neighbours. The box of free plants for people to take home. The ubiquitous bunting. Our social distanced picnic tables. The three balloons of orange, white and green were to represent my Irish husband, the more traditional red, white and blue are out of shot."
By Heather Green, taken in High Wycombe
"VE Day celebrations at Hughenden Garden Village retirement apartments. Balconies were decorated with bunting and residents participated in 2 minutes silence at 11.00 am."
By Heather Green, taken in High Wycombe "VE Day celebrations at Hughenden Garden Village retirement apartments. Balconies were decorated with bunting and residents participated in 2 minutes silence at 11.00 am."
By Heather Green, taken in High Wycombe
"All residents at Hughenden Garden Village were fortunate enough to enjoy entertainment watched from apartment balconies. Entertainers who are also staff sang to us from the car park. Being on the fifth floor, whilst the sound was magnificent, the performers looked extremely small as this picture taken on 15th April 2020 shows."
By Heather Green, taken in High Wycombe "All residents at Hughenden Garden Village were fortunate enough to enjoy entertainment watched from apartment balconies. Entertainers who are also staff sang to us from the car park. Being on the fifth floor, whilst the sound was magnificent, the performers looked extremely small as this picture taken on 15th April 2020 shows."
By A. Davidson, taken in Downley
"08-05-20 Red Arrows fly past my back garden! With thanks to my brother for his text to warn me that they were coming my way, from Bracknell then on to Milton Keynes. His ETA for High Wycombe was spot-on. A few thrilling minutes kept me buzzing all day."
By A. Davidson, taken in Downley "08-05-20 Red Arrows fly past my back garden! With thanks to my brother for his text to warn me that they were coming my way, from Bracknell then on to Milton Keynes. His ETA for High Wycombe was spot-on. A few thrilling minutes kept me buzzing all day."

Section 7 – Lifting Lockdown

Lockdown restrictions began to be lifted in stages from 11 May. Gradually, we were able to meet with other households. Some school year groups returned in early June, and pubs and hairdressers opened from 4 July. Wycombe Museum remains closed for the rest of summer 2020 as social distancing is not possible in our historic building, but our gardens are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer.

The Arts Council England funding has also enabled us to open a pop-up display in Eden shopping centre for summer 2020.

By Wycombe Museum, taken in High Wycombe
Wycombe Museum Learning Room with social distancing markers
By Wycombe Museum, taken in High Wycombe Wycombe Museum Learning Room with social distancing markers
By Hannah Ellams, taken in High Wycombe
"The Museum closed on Tuesday 17 March. This picture of the garden was taken on 1 July, when staff came to prepare for reopening."
By Hannah Ellams, taken in High Wycombe "The Museum closed on Tuesday 17 March. This picture of the garden was taken on 1 July, when staff came to prepare for reopening."
By June Forbes, taken in High Wycombe
"The New Normal for my customers as of 4th July."
By June Forbes, taken in High Wycombe "The New Normal for my customers as of 4th July."
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By June Forbes, taken in High Wycombe "In my salon, July 2020. When I showed my sister this photo, she thought at first that I'd gone back to working in the NHS!"
By Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch
"Light at the end of the lockdown tunnel."
By Jo Dimmock, taken in Stokenchurch "Light at the end of the lockdown tunnel."
By Jo Clarke, taken in Downley
"Lockdown was sufficiently lifted by June to be able to do the teen and tween yoga class outdoors at the community apple orchard near Downley Common."
By Jo Clarke, taken in Downley "Lockdown was sufficiently lifted by June to be able to do the teen and tween yoga class outdoors at the community apple orchard near Downley Common."
By Tammy, taken in High Wycombe
"He's back and curious. Precious moments with my grandson, June 2020, photographed by Angel."
By Tammy, taken in High Wycombe "He's back and curious. Precious moments with my grandson, June 2020, photographed by Angel."

Our thanks to:

Everyone who submitted photographs and captions
Deirdre White, whose idea this exhibition was
Arts Council England

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