Prestonians lockdown stories stored in The Living City website

Posted on - 4th September, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Health, People, Photos, Preston News
Harriet - Care Assistant - Life in Lockdown
Harriet – Care Assistant – Life in Lockdown. Pic: Lisa Brown

Prestonians modern-day stories are being recorded in the history books as The Living City project launches its website.


The project which was launched in April to document the lives of Preston’s residents during lockdown.

The Living City project, by They Eat Culture and Mandala Yoga Centre, aims to explore life in Preston, and for Prestonians across the globe, through photos, film and audio recordings.

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Emma Lowther-Wright of They Eat Culture, said: “During lockdown They Eat Culture documented Preston people’s experience of the lockdown.

“We interviewed Preston people about various topics to collect thoughts about what makes Preston a good place to live, work and play and what needs to change.”

Recent features on the project include a photographic ‘Life After Lockdown’ project which asked members of the public what they had been doing during lockdown and what their plans were post lockdown.

The Life After Lockdown project was started in June 2020 by Lisa Brown as the government began to ease the coronavirus lockdown measures.

In one of Lisa’s features, she spoke to Care Assistant Harriet who was working nights during the lockdown, spending her little spare time with her family.

She told Lisa after the lockdown has eased, she would like to go for a break with her children like they were ‘supposed to before it all happened’.

Hope. A simpler way of life. - The Living City
Hope. A simpler way of life. – The Living City Pic: Charlie Holt / The Living City

Another part of the project includes a photography exhibition by Charlie Holt called ‘Confined Inside and Out’.

The project features residents of Croston, attached with words of what the people had missed during lockdown and their plans for the future.

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Charlie’s project has his models inside their houses, looking out the window to “capture peoples thoughts and feelings” during the lockdown when people were trapped inside for weeks.

Emma added: “Now, more than ever, the people are able to have a platform to have our voices heard and it’s historically significant that we were able to do this even during a time when we were physically isolated from one another.

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“We wanted to ensure that there’s an archive of material for future generations of the voices of Preston, not just London or Manchester, telling our story.

“We also commissioned artists to create works reflecting on the lockdown and these are also featured on the website.”

The project is funded by the Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund.

You can visit The Living City website here.

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