Rivers, Wells and Waterworks: Setting the sanitary scene in Birmingham, 1842-1872
- Arts building - location to be confirmed
- Thursday 14 November 2019 (18:30-19:30)
Justine Pick, doctoral research student, History Department, University of Birmingham
Centre for West Midlands History research seminar 2019
A more detailed look at Birmingham in the period before the Public Health Act (1875) and municipalisation of the town’s waterworks. Justine Pick explores how poor sanitation affected the different social classes and how the council was confronted with the challenges of a ‘sewage crisis’ and a polluted, and often inadequate, water supply.