Exeter museum calls for people to nominate their ‘Lockdown Legends’ to feature in an exhibition about Devon’s response to the coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 June 2020

Lockdown Legends at RAMM. Picture: RAMM

Lockdown Legends at RAMM. Picture: RAMM


‘Lockdown Legends’ are being sought to feature in a photographic exhibition at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

Angela Rippon will be one of the judges for the LOckdown Legends exhibition. Picture: Giles ParkAngela Rippon will be one of the judges for the LOckdown Legends exhibition. Picture: Giles Park

Award-winning broadcaster and presenter Angela Rippon CBE, alongside The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Liveable Exeter and Exeter City Council, are calling for people to nominate their ‘Lockdown Legends’.

These nominations will form a photographic exhibition, created by the public, celebrating local people who have shown particular kindness, courage, humanity or ingenuity during the coronavirus pandemic.

From care workers to NHS staff, bus drivers to refuse collectors, people working at food banks and postal workers, teachers, parents and the teenager doing shopping for a neighbour, Lockdown Legends will celebrate the resilience of the people of Devon who have helped the most vulnerable in our society during the crisis.

Angela Rippon said: “There have been many uplifting stories about the heroic and selfless actions of individuals who have gone above and beyond to help others during this unprecedented time.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. Picture: RAMMRoyal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. Picture: RAMM

“This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate and honour them and provide those that have been supported, or seen the lives of others improved, a chance to thank those individuals.”

A panel, consisting of Angela Rippon, Julian Tagg, from the Exeter City Community Trust and a member of the Liveable Exeter Place Board, Cllr Amal Ghusain, Exeter City Council’s lead for diversity, inclusion and communities, and Camilla Hampshire, museum manager at RAMM, will choose 100 people from these nominations to be recorded for posterity.

They will be featured in a photographic exhibition on RAMM’s showcase digital exhibition space and in a physical exhibition in Exeter, once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

When the exhibition has finished, the stories and photos will be stored in the Devon Heritage Centre.

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Camilla Hampshire said: “RAMM is proud to be the home of a fascinating collection of objects from Devon’s history.

“We want to capture this moment in the region’s history and ensure a record is kept for future generations to see some of the stories of people who deserved recognition at this time.”

RAMM are inviting people to submit their nominations through the RAMM website http://rammuseum.org.uk/getting-involved/lockdown-legends/

Nominations should consist of a photographic portrait of the nominee as well as no more than 100 words on why they feel that individual deserves to be recognised.

Angela Rippon. Picture: Giles ParkAngela Rippon. Picture: Giles Park

Images can be captured on phones or cameras.

Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys, rather than its technical expertise.

RAMM have released a short video presented by photographer Anita Corbin which outlines simple guidelines on how best to capture a portrait photo.

This can be found on the RAMM website. Anita’s photographic exhibition, 100 First Women, will hopefully be showing at RAMM when the museum reopens.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday, July 19 with the final 100 Lockdown Legends being announced in August.

Lockdown Legends is kindly supported by Radio Exe and Archant, publishers of the Exmouth Journal, Midweek Herald, North Devon Gazette, Sidmouth Herald and Torbay Weekly.

● The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Its displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.

● The Liveable Exeter programme is an ambitious 20-year programme that will also deliver 12,000 new homes for the city’s residents. As such the programme is supported by the Liveable Exeter Place Board which is made up of representatives from leading public and private sector organisations from within the City of Exeter and the Greater Exeter region.

Liveable Exeter brings together the city’s aspirations for inclusive, sustainable growth, as laid out in the City’s Vision for 2040 and the Net Zero Plan.

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