Public Health and Public Toilets: Noxious nuisances or essential unmentionables

Tuesday 18th January 2022, 14.30 GMT

Online Members Event

Public toilets have always been needed but seldom mentioned: as late as the start of the 20th century they were still reported under the ’nuisance’ section of annual medical reports in England. 
Still not required by UK laws and desperately required in many parts of the world, public toilets have been called the ‘barometer of civilisation’, yet continue to decline in the UK, which did so much to design and promote their use. 

This one hour talk will race through their often amusing history to the provision in the current day - and try to answer the question: Why are public toilets not more of a priority for public health?


Dr Rosalind Stanwell-Smith MB BCh, MSc, FRCOG, FFPH, FRSPH, DHMSA

Ros Stanwell-Smith is an honorary fellow of the RSPH, honorary member of the American Public Health Association and honorary Associate Professor in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 
Her clinical experience includes public health, epidemiology of infectious diseases and reproductive health. She became interested in the history of public toilets when she qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide and her dissertation on the subject earned the Maccabean Prize from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. 
She has campaigned for public toilets and has contributed to parliamentary and other inquiries concerning their provision.

Booking Information
This is a free Member Event. 

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