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Government and public health, 1875-1906
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
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?'
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