Resources

BOOKS

Bogs, Baths & Basins: The Story of Domestic Sanitation by David J Eveleigh (Sutton, 2006)

Detailed history of toilets in Britain.

 

Privies and Water Closets by David J Eveleigh (Shire, 2008)

Concise illustrated overview of the development of toilets.

 

The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste by Rose George (Portobello Books, 2008)

Powerful and personal study of sanitation in diverse locations worldwide.

 

The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis by Stephen Halliday (History Press, 2001)

The definitive story of London’s sewers and their 19th-century transformation.

 

Temples of Convenience & Chambers of Delight by Lucinda Lambton (Pavilion, 1998)

Lavishly illustrated compendium of toilets, including a potted history.

 

Clean & Decent by Lawrence Wright (Routledge, 1960)

Comprehensive history of bathrooms and water closets.

MUSEUMS & HISTORIC PROPERTIES

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Featuring excellent Flushed with Pride exhibition.

https://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/

 

Museum of London

Exhibits and stories about the history of sanitation in the capital, including the planning and construction of the groundbreaking Victorian sewage system.

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/how-bazalgette-built-londons-first-super-sewer

 

English Heritage

Online gallery of historic toilets across historic English properties.

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/blog/blog-posts/2014/top-10-toilets-through-time/

 

National Trust

Tales from toilets in National Trust properties.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/toilets-with-a-story-to-tell

 

Black Country Living Museum

Recreating everyday life in the West Midlands, including original privies.

https://www.bclm.co.uk

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS & NGOs

WaterAid

https://www.wateraid.org/uk/the-crisis/toilets

 

World Toilet Organization

https://www.worldtoilet.org

 

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSaNa)

https://www.susana.org/en/

 

Toilet Board Coalition

https://www.toiletboard.org

 

Around the Toilet

https://aroundthetoilet.wordpress.com

 

Water Engineering and Development Centre, Loughborough University

http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/knowledge/

 

Austria & Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

https://www.eawag.ch/en/research/humanwelfare/wastewater/

CROSSNESS ENGINES

Joseph Bazalgette’s astonishing ‘cathedral on the marsh’, the spectacular pumping station that powered the flow of sewage across south London from 1865. See displays of historic toilets. as well as the world’s largest surviving rotative beam engines.

crossness.org.uk