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Please note: RPS House is closed for our exhibition install. We will be open again from 10am on Friday 9th August 2024.

Richard Lock Down
CREDIT: Richard Hall

A Portrait of England on VE Day in Lockdown

One of our members, Richard Hall has been taking a great set of images of his local village during lock down for his degree, you might have seen mention in the RPS Journal. The image above is a screen grab of his Flickr page shown here with his permission, thank you Richard.

I think it would be great if as members of The RPS we photographed local residents in the streets or locality we all live, with our portrait subjects standing on their doorsteps or looking out of their windows, this week to celebrate VE Day and then produced a virtual exhibition / book etc.

If you want to have a go and want to know more, let me know. You only need a camera or a phone with a camera.

It was 75 years ago, in 1945, at 2.41pm on May 7th, that Germany surrendered and at 3pm the following day, Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast from the War Cabinet Office to tell the nation that the war was over, sparking national celebrations.

Back then, many widows who had lost loved ones in the War did not join in. We recognise their loss, as we do for those who have lost someone to Coronavirus in 2020.

This week, on Friday at 9pm, at the same time of the day that her father, King George VI addressed the nation via radio back then, our Queen will commemorate the 75th anniversary via a television broadcast. It would be great if we had 20–30 people to take images of residents on their doorsteps in Caistor, for an hour or so, sometime between 2.41pm this coming Thursday and Friday at 9pm. You would, of course, need to keep at a safe distance on the road or pavement and not take risks.

  • If we do this, we will need to let the community know what is happening, so they expect us.
  • Images can be taken on phones or cameras
  • No fees taken
  • Photographers and those in the photographs need to be aware the images could be used in media, in a book, on websites and in exhibitions.

Or, you can choose to take a Lockdown portrait of your own family for the book

If you are interested in taking part and taking a few images for this project, please email me on

Keep safe.