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Webinar – Death, dirt and disease in the nineteenth century

April 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Cholera ravaged England in 1848-1849; the terrible disease found a perfect home in the filthy and overcrowded towns of the industrial revolution.

In 1848 the Public Health Act was passed to try and remedy the insanitary conditions of the country, allowing towns to establish a Local Board of Health to cleanse their communities. Local boards were overseen by the General Board of Health, whose records at The National Archives are being catalogued in a project funded by the Wellcome Trust.

This webinar will explore what these rich records can tell us about sanitary conditions in the nineteenth century, as well as showing how local historians can use these records to explore the history of where they live.

See the poster in greater detail here.

Webinars are online only events.