Model of an intercepting trap drain, London, England, 1896

Made:
1896 in London
maker:
John Knowles & Company

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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 two intercepting traps, from twelve models for instruction in hygiene.

The brown intercepting trap drain was used to prevent the foul air from sewers seeping into the house. 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. The trap is shown here with a yellow drain pipe from the same set (1896-61/7/1).

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Details

Category:
Sewerage & Sanitation
Object Number:
1896-61/4/1
type:
sewerage pipe
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Hygienic Referendum

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