Lucre, Ladies and London Loos

Date: Thursday 24 January 2013
Time: 12:45 pm 1:45 pm
Venue: Jerry Morris, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH, UK
Type of event: Seminar
Speaker(s): Dr Ros Stanwell-Smith

Why are public toilets still such a taboo subject that their importance to public health and to civilized living is not reflected in statute or planning regulations?   The answer may lie in the continuing legacy of their Victorian and Edwardian beginnings, with economic factors dominant but also concerns about decency, women’s freedom outside the home, ‘nimbyism’ and attitudes towards the poor.   This talk briefly explores their history before, during and after the 19th century and aims to show how their inclusion in the ‘sanitary revolution’ helped their establishment, but also set continuing precedents for their funding and purpose.

Admission: Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis

Contact: Cecile Knai

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