Behind and Beyond Sir Joseph Bazalgette and His London Sewers

Laurence Scales BSc FRSA

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Independent Researcher/Enthusiast
Paid: £75
23rd November 2019
Social History | Science | Sewage | London

Bazalgette has come to be viewed a kind of modern St Patrick, banishing cholera from London and shielding it from miasmal misery with a robust system of brick bowels, the sewers. He was a fine engineer and public servant. But he did not invent London’s system of intercepting drains, or bring clean water to London. This talk traces the history of London's sewage including Sir Joseph but also introduces some of his predecessors, contemporaries and successors who deserve some of the credit for cleaning up London.

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About Laurence Scales BSc FRSA

I am a specialist speaker, guide and writer on the colourful 350+ year history of science, technology and medicine - particularly in London.

My talks are aimed at anyone with an enquiring mind. The history of science and technology has been somewhat neglected by speakers despite its compelling richness and combination of curious characters, global significance and unexpected twists and turns. I pride myself on offering entertaining talks which can be enjoyed whether my audience is scientifically minded or not. I like to bring my talks to life with the words of participants or eye witnesses to the subjects I am talking about.

I have given talks for London Historians, at the Geological Society of London, Salon for the City, the City of London Historical Society, and the University of North Carolina in London. I have led tours based on my researches for individuals, corporate and university groups.

I don’t speak for them but I am a volunteer in the archive at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (founded 1799) for which I have also written numerous blogs - and I also volunteer at the archives of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (founded 1754) which, despite the name, has been a force in the advancement of technology or 'practical arts'.

I have been spending much of my time on research for the last 10 years+. So, if it's technological, historical and Londony, there is a very good chance that I can talk about it! Please do contact me to discuss the possibilities. (By clicking on any of my talks you will be able to send a message to me.)

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