2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, and will see the building of the first major addition to the system he created to prevent sewage entering the Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is now finally making its way 16 miles beneath the course of the river from Acton to the Thames Estuary, to intercept storm water which would otherwise enter the Thames.
The illustrated lecture will examine Bazalgette’s achievement and the work involved in building this latest addition to it.
Stephen Halliday is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster with a particular interest in Victorian London and in the engineers who made nineteenth century cities safe and habitable. He has written for The Observer, The Guardian and The Financial Times and has made several radio and television programmes based on his books. He also writes and reviews regularly for BBC History, The Literary review, The Times Higher and The Daily Telegraph.