Photos showing Sheffield slums of the 1960s on display

Mrs Tandy and her youngest child, Sheffield 1969 37-29a.  Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.
Mrs Tandy and her youngest child, Sheffield 1969 37-29a. Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.
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A striking collection of photographs showing Sheffield slums in the 1960s are on display in the city for the first time.

The shocking photographs, which were taken for charity Shelter, are on display at a free exhibition in The Winter Gardens, city centre, until August 7.

Mrs Tandy cleaning her backyard, Sheffield 1969 36-10.  Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.

Mrs Tandy cleaning her backyard, Sheffield 1969 36-10. Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.

Taken by documentary photographer Nick Hedges, the images show families living in cold, damp and often dangerous conditions in inner cities, including Sheffield.

Nick Hedges said: “When I was commissioned to take these photographs, I never imagined that decades later they would still have such impact.

“The poverty and terrible conditions I witnessed shocked me to the core.

“It’s heart-breaking to know that the conditions some people have to live in today aren’t a million miles away from the photos I took all those years ago.

Mother and daughter, Sheffield backyard 1969 33-10a. Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.

Mother and daughter, Sheffield backyard 1969 33-10a. Image taken by Nick Hedges for homeless charity Shelter.

“A home should be a place of safety and security, but too many families are having to live without.

“It would be wonderful to meet the children I photographed in Sheffield all those years ago and for them to be able to tell their stories. I often wonder what happened to them, if they went on to lead happy and healthy lives.”

The photographs are on display to mark the 50th anniversary of housing charity Shelter, which was launched in Sheffield.

Shelter is appealing for anybody who recognises anybody in the photos to contact stories@shelter.org.uk or call 020 7505 2032

n To speak with Sheffield Shelter, call 0344 515 1515.