The photographs on this website bear testimony to the millions of workers who laboured in Britain’s factories, mines and shipyards, on its railways, fishing boats and farms. To the men, women and children who created the wealth of the country and have never received the just recognition, or reward, for their labours. The world of manual work has virtually disappeared in Britain, most of it transported to the sweatshops of the Third World. This site is a celebration of fortitude, skill, courage and resilience.

Celebrated in photographs ­ Home page

All photographs (unless otherwise stated) copyright Nick Hedges. Photographs only to be used for commercial reproduction with the express permission of copyright holder. High resolution files can be made available (see contacts).

All Littleton Colliery photographs copyright Alan Hughes. Photographs only to be used for commercial reproduction with the express permission of copyright holder. High resolution files can be made available (see contacts).

Photographs this page:
(Top): Dairy workers, Penn, Wolverhampton, 1970s; (Bottom right): Brick-kiln workers,
circa 1910.

"Without these pictures the men and women, who created the wealth of the nation, would have been overlooked by the establishment and those who control the media." Tony Benn, socialist and activist.