How London survived an epidemic 150 years ago

Details of this virtual tour:

45 minutes via Zoom

£7 per person (NHS staff, careworkers and pensioners £3.50)

Children go free if accompanied by a paying adult

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What’s this virtual tour about?

The story of London’s hygiene starts 2,000 years ago with a look at how things started to go pear shaped.

We take a humorous look at waste from the first toilets in London (Roman of course) and why we got the term ‘loo’.

We’ll look at the evolution of public loos on London Bridge, the human caped ‘bucket loos’ and the flushing loos of the Victorians.

We’ll learn about people who made money from the waste of Londoners, the toshers, grubbers and night-soil men, the creation of the flushing toilet and why it’s called a John in the USA (we think)

Finally the important bit: How a lack of understanding of not ridding of our waste correctly led to awful cholera outbreaks, the ‘Great Stink, and how a man of science collaborated with a man of religion to solve it.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I do a virtual tour?

It’s quite easy. You will need to download the Zoom app (We’ll email you with the link and password details in advance of the virtual tour).

Allow yourself 10 minutes to log on and be ready before the tour starts.

Mute the microphone throughout the session but if you want to ask a question, simply ‘unmute’. 

There is also a ‘chat’ feature in the zoom app which enables you to write your questions and I will check this at the end of every stop.

You don’t have to switch on your video or microphone, it’s entirely up to you