The Shelter Archive of photographs by Nick Hedges

Hedges, Nick
Shelter: National Campaign for the Homeless

The Shelter Archive of photographs by Nick Hedges consists of two sets of approximately 965 photographs commissioned by Shelter and taken by Nick Hedges from 1968-1972. These photographs document poor housing conditions and the lives of people living in slums and properties deemed “unfit for human habitation” across Britain at this time.

Hedges travelled across Britain for this project with Shelter and his prints depict cities such as Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and areas of London as well as rural areas such as Herefordshire and various counties of Wales. One set of the photographs is captioned, giving details of Hedges’ subjects and their lives. Accompanying these photographs is also Hedges’ photographers’ notes from 1969-1970 which detail his journeys across Britain for Shelter and his experiences of visiting and photographing various locations.

The archive also contains materials such as posters, booklets and reports for Shelter that use Hedges’ photographs.


36 archive boxes, 6 large clamshell boxes, 5 folders
Access is given in accordance with the NMeM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the museum’s Insight facility.
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