Tackling the Slums: Inspectors of Nuisance and the Sanitary Inspectors: Part 1, 1848-1914

Municipal Dreams

I’m pleased to feature the first of two very interesting guest posts by Dr Jill Stewart, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Housing at Middlesex University.  They cover the important, sometimes neglected, work of our earliest environmental health practitioners. You can follow Jill on Twitter @Jill_L_Stewart and see more of her work on her personal website, Housing, Health, Creativity

The idea of a job dedicated to dealing with industrial smells, boiling bones, accumulations of filth, offensive trades, drains, effluvia from public graves, abattoirs and sewage contaminated basements may not be everyone’s ideal career path. Thomas Fresh apparently thought otherwise and practically invented this new job for himself in the progressive borough of Liverpool (1).

The aptly named Fresh effectively became the first Inspector of Nuisance statutorily appointed by Public Health Act 1848, setting the path for a professional trail of Sanitary Inspectors, Public Health Inspectors and latterly…

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Grenfell Tower

There is so much now being said, but this blog post is well worth reading:  Grenfell Tower Nearly a week on from this terrible and unnecessary tragedy, what are your thoughts on what the environmental health role could have been and should now be? To donate, click here   

Monographs on Environmental Health

Stephen Battersby, Series Editor for Routledge Focus on Environmental Health, writes: “Pioneers in Public Health: Lessons from History” is the first publication in a new monograph series “Routledge Focus on Environmental Health". The idea for this series arose from discussions around the publication of the latest edition of Clay’s Handbook of Environmental Health last summer.  … Continue reading Monographs on Environmental Health

Forthcoming conference, workshop and research opportunities

Public health Beyond Borders: Driving Change with Evidence - this conference may be of interest, to see details click here.  The FPH Special Interest Group in Film is presenting also a series of films to help inspire and encourage change for a healthier future. The Working Class at Home (Geffrye Museum, London) - for further information … Continue reading Forthcoming conference, workshop and research opportunities

Inspector of Nuisance to Environmental Health Practitioner

One of the best things about working toward a specific goal is the unexpected things that happen along the way. In the development of our new book, Pioneers in Public Health: lessons from history, several people got in touch. Although some did not wish to contribute whole chapters, they were keen to share their love of … Continue reading Inspector of Nuisance to Environmental Health Practitioner