Leeds 1842 street

The 1842 street and Public Health

There is no better way to demonstrate the realities of Victorian living conditions than taking a trip down our 1842 slum street. Students will be able to see, hear and smell for themselves, the shocking conditions that led to regular outbreaks of lethal diseases such as Cholera, TB and Typhoid.

Public Health Gallery

The Public Health Act and Key individuals in Public Health Clean Up

Here you can read about The Public Health Act of 1848 and see who the key individuals were who pushed for better living conditions, such as Edwin Chadwick, Charles Booth and Joseph Bazelgette.

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur is often referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’ because of his discovery that tiny organisms, which he called ‘germs’, spread disease. Here students can find out how he made the most important breakthrough in the history of the fight against disease and see for themselves the microscopic images that drove this discovery.

The Broad Street Pump

John Snow and the Broad Street Pump

In 1854 John Snow made one of the most significant steps forward in the fight to clean up the living conditions of people in Victorian Britain. Read about his innovative use of maps to understand how Cholera spread and how this helped people to recognise the dangers of dirty water.

Pasteur, Fleming, Lister. All images from Wellcome Images.

Key individuals in the fight against disease flipbooks

Here students can read, in more detail, information about some of the key individuals they will need to know about such as Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, Edward Jenner, Alexander Fleming, James Young Simpson and John Snow.

The video room


Watch useful and fascinating videos all about some of the biggest and most dramatic epidemics in our history. Here you can find information about Spanish Flu, AIDS, Lung Cancer and Penicillin.