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Port Health

Rat traps, house boats and London’s ports all feature in this public information film looking at the work of the Port Of London Health Authority.

Public Information Filler 1967 23 mins Not rated

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Focusing on the Port Of London Health Authority’s role regarding London’s sanitation, this film explores life around London’s river, interviewing experts charged with ensuring health standards remain high. This includes such diverse tasks as interviewing immigrants to see if they carry smallpox, examining imported food, inspecting house boats and monitoring the quality of water. We also get to see a captured rat being dissected – “an insurance against plague.”