History Students enjoy Super Sewer Presentation

Year 10 History students have recently had the privilege of enjoying a presentation about The Super Sewer in London.

The presentation was from Neil Grosset, Project Director and was an overview of the current work and complexities involved in installing The Super Sewer under The River Thames in London.

Students listening to Mr Grosset’s presentation

This was set into the historical context of Public Health in 19th Century London when in 1858 Joseph Bazalgette was commissioned to engineer a Sewerage System in London to clean up the River Thames and prevent further outbreaks of the disease cholera which was indiscriminately killing the population of London at the time.

Neil explained how the Sewers that Bazalgette installed are still being used to this day, but engineering works are designed around upgrading those sewers to accommodate the current population of London which is around 10 million today.

Mrs Muncaster, History Teacher at St Benedict’s commented:

“The students gained an in depth understanding of the significance of Bazalgettes work and the lasting impact that this has had. This potentially may appear on their GCSE history paper.”

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