Lockdown images added to the Pier’s Memory Bank

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It sometimes feels like the COVID-19 pandemic will go on, and on, and on. However, there will be a time when people look back and ponder on what the lockdown in Clevedon was like. In anticipation of memories of the lockdown beginning to fade (hopefully sooner rather than later), Clevedon Camera Club have compiled a portfolio of photographs, some of which are now available to view in the Pier’s award winning Discover @ the Pier via our interactive ‘Memory Bank’.

Richard Storey, Clevedon Camera Club member, commented: As keen amateur photographers, our members were unable to meet as a group for most of 2020-21 due to CoVid restrictions. The idea was floated that we should use our time to compile a photographic record of the impact of the pandemic on the everyday lives of our residents and visitors. Collectively, we set about capturing pictures which illustrated how various authorities and businesses reflected the lockdown regulations on signage and physical structures aimed at facilitating good hygiene and social distancing. A selection of these images is now available to be viewed at the Toll House on Clevedon Pier.

Ian Knox, a long-time member of the club, added: We are a small but active group which enjoys photography and socialising in equal measure, meeting twice a month throughout the year – at The Salthouse during the winter months and out on location photoshoots during the summer. If you’d be interested in joining us please visit our Clevedon Camera Club website for contact details.

The Memory Bank installation on the first floor of the Toll House is available to all paying Pier visitors. It contains hundreds of historic photographs of Clevedon, many sourced from the Trust’s Community Archive and others from the Jane Lilly collection. Viewers use a touchscreen to scroll through subjects of interest, one of which is the new Pandemic Lockdown section.

Phil Curme, Chair of the Trust, said: We are delighted to be working with Clevedon Camera Club on this exciting project. The pandemic will, in the future, be seen as a notable historic event, and it is timely therefore, to have captured these local images which will serve as an intriguing reminder for future generations. 


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