Model of a drain pipe, London, England, 1896

Made:
1896 in Lambeth
maker:
Royal Doulton Limited

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Two pieces from set of models for instruction in hygiene
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Three pieces from five models for instruction in hygiene.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

One of three drain pipes, from twelve models for instruction in hygiene.

The yellow model is a standard drain pipe. A quarter of the real size, it was made on behalf of W H Knight of the Hygiene Referendum. This one was originally from a set of twelve models that were used to teach and assess officials involved in public health. Hygiene and cleanliness were a major focus for public health officials, particularly in light of the germ theory of disease which had been established a few years previously.

A full set of models cost over £3. It is shown here with a brown intercepting trap drain from the same set (1896-61/4/1).

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Details

Category:
Sewerage & Sanitation
Object Number:
1896-61/7/1
type:
hygiene model
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Hygienic Referendum
status:
Permanent collection

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