Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery reveals new display of images that show the experience of the local community in the Covid-19 lockdown in a new temporary garden exhibition.

Curators at the museum worked to collect and record images which reflected how the pandemic was experienced by the local population and how it affected different communities. A selection of images submitted by the public will be on display from Tuesday, 6 October in the Alone Together: Our Community in Lockdown 2020 exhibition. The temporary display is taking place in the museum’s gardens, which are free to access.

Tullie House has collected the history of Carlisle and Cumbria for over 125 years. Their collections tell the stories of the people who have lived, loved and worked in the region.

Gabrielle Heffernan, Curatorial Manager at Tullie House says: “It’s vital to collect people’s experiences of this pandemic. This moment is your moment and the stories of Covid-19 are your stories. We want to collect photos that help tell the story of Cumbria during this current crisis.”

The exhibition is supported by images from local press photographer Stuart Walker, winner of Weekly Newspaper Photographer of the Year 2020, UK Regional Press Awards. He also endeavoured to record the extraordinary lockdown period.

Stuart Walker says: “I felt it was important to visually record everyday life, as well as the factors and issues that have been affecting people during lockdown.  I wanted to create a visual record for history for future generations to see what life was like during these times.”

If visitors wish to reflect on the emotive images and their own experiences of the pandemic, refreshments can be purchased from the cafe where outdoor seating will be available. Alone Together: Our Community in Lockdown 2020 opens on Tuesday 6 October in Tullie House Museum gardens. Entry to the exhibition is free.