Snapshots from lockdown
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Lockdown in London was announced on 23rd March 2020, but many folks had been social distancing for a week or more before.
It’s been heartening to see that the – very few – photos that are being posted on social media with the Strand tagged as the location are showing this main artery emptied of the usual throngs.
Below, we’ve collected a few images from the days leading up to 23rd March and in the weeks since.
If you’re a keyworker, or you live around the Strand, tag your photos with the location or MyStrand on Instagram or Twitter, or wing them our way – – see our ‘Contact’ tab. Thank you to the folks who have been allowing us to repost photographs on our social media. We hope to create something of an archive of the Strand during this strange, stressful, sad, weird time.
Of course, no one should be travelling unnecessarily to the Strand area just to take photos of the empty streets. Please observe the UK Gov, WHO, and NHS guidelines for exercise and necessary travel.
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Biking through a desert and sunny London is the most surreal and gorgeous gift in this terrible situation! The is the Strand at 5pm on a Friday, normally so chaotic and crowded that I would just think about staying alive. Now I notice so many details! pic.twitter.com/ADfo3K9ckf
— Francesca Torelli (@prancitorelli) April 10, 2020
The Strandlines editors got to know each other either through working together on events for the first iteration of Strandines, or through related research interests. The group includes expertise in medieval, digital and eighteenth-century matters; in hair work and memorial culture, authors’ rights and churchyards; in drones and undergrounds; in soundscapes and life writing. We share different forms of fascination with London, and can occasionally be found discovering more common interests in one of the Strand’s pubs.