Death, dirt and disease


  • The National Archives

Project summary

This project was to catalogue to item level a selected body of record series MH 13: General Board of Health and Home Office, Local Government Act Office: Correspondence, 1848-1871. MH 13 is made up of large, bound volumes of memos, letters and reports from local boards of health, which were set up following the Public Health Act 1848, and from local institutions and individuals concerning sanitation and contagious disease. This project was to catalogue 170 volumes chosen to best open up the research material necessary for cross-location investigations. Researchers can now search by disease, environmental condition, proposed medical and sanitary reform, and explanations of contagion and transmission.