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Soap and Water

Synopsis
Looks at two aspects of water supply - the provision of abundant quantities of clean water and the consequences of that water being available. The building of the Thirlmere Dam in the Lake District in the early 1890s was at the same time an engineering triumph, an early environmental disaster which which helped launch the National Trust, and for the people of Manchester, brought flush lavatories, clean drinking water, public swimmimg baths and public wash houses. A further consequence of clean water was the rise of the soap industry, for personal and clothes washing, and the advertising race for a whiter wash. Includes rare archive film of the building of Haweswater Dam, early soap manufacture and the early cinema advertising of soap, as well as a propaganda sequence to encourage Scotland to emulate the huge water scheme at the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Series
Science, Technology and Everyday Life 1870-1950, Course A282
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
History; Technology
Keywords
history of technology; social history; water supply

Credits

Producer
Neil Cameron
Cast
Noel Coley 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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