Health Department Photographs

Collection Reference: L (Hull Corporation Health Department Photographs)

Covering Dates: 1880s-1930s

Description of the Records:
The collection consists of photographs of 18th and 19th century working-class housing ordered to be improved or demolished under the various Housing of the Working Classes Acts at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The geographical area covered by the collection relates to the city of Hull. The photographs depict social housing building features and living conditions. Other information can also be gleaned from the finding aids such as property addresses and a written description of the property.

Searching the Collection: 

A guide and index to the photographs is available in the ‘Forgotten Hull Checklist’. This is available at the Enquiry Desk. The collection is searchable by street, terrace and court. House numbers are given, together with a brief description of photographs. Unidentified streets are listed as ‘unknown’ and a description of the photograph is included.

How the collection can help your research:
You can use the photographs to undertake research into the changing shape of the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They can help inform research into individual streets, courts and terraces of the city which were demolished during the early 20th century. The photographs can also be used for more general research into social housing and early 20th century government intervention to aid the working classes.