Revealed: the hopes and fears of our healthcare heroes as the virus spread

Purbeck-based healthcare professionals are among the NHS staff featured in a new community portrait exhibition which opened at the Dorset Museum earlier this month.
Unmasked, a local independent project conceived during the first lockdown back in March 2020, has received national acclaim and coverage in publications including The Sunday Times.
It will be the fourth show for the team behind it – Dorset-based photographer Andy Scaysbrook, journalist Emma Pittard and graphic designer John Nesbitt – who all gave their time freely to take part in the project.
With portrait panels and interviews with those in the frontline in Dorset as the pandemic took hold, they have explained Unmasked was inspired by the fact that, to fight the invisible enemy of the Covid-19 virus, our healthcare heroes became invisible, too, in a way.
“We’ve had a great reception to Unmasked and it is fantastic to see it launch again for the autumn/winter season,” says Andy, who first met Emma and John when they all worked on the Echo in Bournemouth some 30 years ago.
“This show at the Dorset Museum features a new video presentation and the Unmasked book will be coming soon so watch this space!”
Swanage based GPs, community nurses and pharmacists are included in the exhibition, which is now on its fourth show and is making its second appearance in Dorchester.
It made its first appearance at Dorset County Hospital back in 2020.
Other displays have included Durlston Castle in Swanage and the Lighthouse in Poole.
Admission is free and the exhibition will be situated at the Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Community Space at the Dorset Museum, High West Street, until February 8 with daily opening hours from 9am to 4.30pm (Sundays 10am-4pm).
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