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Matters of Convenience: sanitation, public health and working class housing in the Victorian and Edwardian North West

Date: Saturday 19 January 2019 Time: 10.00-16.00

Venue: Biology Lecture Theatre (marked LEC on campus maps), Lancaster University

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Sanitary reform and associated issues of public health and housing conditions were a major topic of political and social debate throughout the Victorian period. They produced a wealth of reports, surveys and commentaries; accounted for a sizeable chunk of government expenditure; and were responsible for the expansion of the work of local government and the development of new structures of administration. North West England provided many of the ‘laboratory’ examples of problems and attempted solutions, and was the focus of attention by reformers and polemicists for well over a century. In this Study Day, Dr Alan Crosby of the British Association for Local History looks at various aspects of the ‘sanitary experience’ of the region in the Victorian period.


9.30 a.m.              Assemble Biology Lecture Theatre (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 11.00    An overview: crises, responses and emerging structures of local government

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 12.30        Exposing the horrors: unofficial and official sanitary reports 1840-1860 and their impact

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch*

1.30 2.30          Urban environments: housing, waste disposal and public health

2.30 – 3.00         Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.00 4.00          Cesspools, privies and night soil men: the technology of domestic sanitation 1830-1910

4.00 p.m.      Close of Study Day


Fee for this event: £28 (£25.20 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre) (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *Sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's or Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic, Subway and a range of other outlets- or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on campus.

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Who can attend: Anyone

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