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Going Viral


Jun 7, 2021

Pandemics don’t tend to register in collective memory and there are almost no memorials to the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, but Covid-19 looks set to be different.  Today Mark and Hannah visit the ‘National Covid Memorial Wall’ on the South Bank of the Thames in London, opposite the Houses of Parliament.  Stretching 500 metres along Albert Embankment, the wall is an audacious work of guerrilla art, comprising of 150,000 hand-drawn hearts – one for every British victim of the coronavirus.  To find out more, Mark speaks to the founders of the group ‘Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice’ - Jo Goodman, Matt Fowler and Nathan Oswin, who dreamt up the people's memorial.

Hosted by Mark Honigsbaum @honigsbaum

With

Hannah Mawdsley @HannahMawdsley

Jo Goodman

Matt Fowler

Nathan Oswin

@CovidJusticeUK / @CovidMemorialUK

For more information about the National Covid Memorial Wall, visit:

www.covidfamiliesforjustice.org

Series Producer: Melissa FitzGerald @Melissafitzg

Cover art by Patrick Blower www.blowercartoons.com

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