Manuscripts and Special Collections

Public Health and Housing Learning Resource

This site explores some of the problems facing the authorities and inhabitants of Nottingham in the mid-nineteenth century. Many of these problems - such as those caused by a growing population and the arrival of new industrial techniques - were also common to other towns.    

Mid-19th century housing

Housing in Nottingham

In the first half of the 19th century Nottingham was a town with a particularly bad housing problem. Discover the effects of poor housing on the health of the population

Water supplies and sewerage

Filling a bucket

This e-learning resource explores the effects of the growth of Nottingham in the mid-19th century on water supply, drainage and sewerage

Disease and Death in Nottingham

Rag picking in Nottingham

The problem of disease in the early 19th century was not confined to Nottingham; it was a national, even an international problem. This resource examines issues relating to disease in Nottingham


The resources include:

  • Images and/or transcripts of original archive materials including parliamentary reports, borough records, correspondence, and biographical information
  • Maps and photographsTimeline
  • Glossary
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • Downloads for teachers

Terms of Use and Credits

This site was developed by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, from an Archive Teaching Unit originally produced by the Department of Manuscripts between 1969 and 1975. The site was published in January 2008.


Next page: Introduction to Mid-19th Century housing in Nottingham


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