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CLIP 3316

Government and public health, 1875-1906

Government and public health, 1875-1906

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Key Info
  • Government and public health, 1875-1906
  • Duration: 04:39
  • Original footage and primary documents explain how the public health reforms of the latter 1800s did not solve the nation's problems, because they did not tackle disease and poverty directly. It examines the daily life of the poor and its impact on death rates. Workers became increasingly organised to campaign for improvements, as did the armed forces who wanted recruits who were fit for service to protect the Empire. This led to the Liberal reforms, recognising that poverty was not the fault of poor people.
  • Credits: North West Film Archive, British Pathé News, Huntley Film Archive, The Wellcome Institute
  • Subject:



    Origins of the Welfare State in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: illness, poor, poverty, disease, Public Health Acts, slums, political groups, Women's Cooperative Guild, maternity care, child care, medical inspections, British Empire, army, Boer War, pensions, Medicine through Time
Ideas for use in class
  • This could be used to support OCR Medicine through Time, or to support any topic examining the Liberal Reforms on the 1900s. It could be used as a stimulus material to ask students the question 'What's missing? What other factors can you unearth to explain why the Liberal government passed reforms?'
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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