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Nominate your Lockdown Legends

Published: 9 July 2020

Lockdown Legends Nominate your Lockdown Legends

There’s still time to nominate your ‘Lockdown Legends’ to feature in an exciting photographic exhibition in Exeter.

Exeter’s popular Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating the resilience of the people of Devon who have helped the most vulnerable in our society during the COVID-19 crisis.

People have until 19 July to submit their nominations. Successful nominees will feature in a photographic exhibition at the Museum.

The Museum has already received some heartfelt nominations from people wanting to thank local people who have shown particular kindness, courage, humanity or ingenuity to them or others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nominations received so far include individuals who have been working in foodbanks or who have been collecting shopping for others throughout lockdown, kind-hearted souls who have been making facemasks, a five-year-old who walked 50k to raise money to help the NHS and a musician who has bought joy to his neighbours by playing piano for them in the evenings.  Every person’s story is welcome and all show wonderful examples of the heart-lifting side of what has been an unsettling and upsetting time for many.

A panel, consisting of broadcaster and journalist Angela Rippon, Julian Tagg Executive Director of Exeter City FC, Cllr Amal Ghusain, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Diversity, Inclusion and Communities, and Museum Manager Camilla Hampshire, will choose a selection 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.

RAMM is inviting people to submit their nominations through the RAMM website  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.

A short video presented by photographer Anita Corbin which outlines simple guidelines on how best to capture a portrait photo can be found on the RAMM website.

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

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