Lockdown Landscapes

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Throughout the darkest moments of the pandemic, people found solace and joy in their local public parks, historic  gardens, and natural landscapes, engaging with outdoor places in new ways.

From footpaths and fells to rivers and ruins, these explorations of heritage spaces gave us time to get outside, breathe the air and reflect on our experiences of lockdown.

In partnership with the National Forest Company,  Westminster Abbey and Sampad, the National Memorial Arboretum produced a nationwide programme exploring communities’ engagement with local outdoor heritage during the pandemic.

The Lockdown Landscapes project provided us with the opportunity to learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on people around the nation, inspiring remembrance of those who we have lost, marking the sacrifices of those who served, and encouraging us all to see the value of our heritage landscapes in years to come.

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Follow the links below to learn more about the artworks that were produced by the Lockdown Landscapes communities, the stories that were revealed along the way, and what the future holds for the people involved.

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Thank You

For their invaluable contribution to the success of Lockdown Landscapes, the project partners would like to thank: 

• Professor Paul Crawford 
• Dr Helen Foster
• Colin Hyde
• Lara Ratnaraja 
• Amy Leung
• Libby Scarlett
• Rebecca Twiston-Davies



Our Lockdown Landscapes programme was created in partnership with:

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We would also like to thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund for making this project possible, and for their support throughout.

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