Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

History - Traced through Time: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

History - Traced through Time: Resources

Article excerpt

You're never too posh to get nits, no matter what era you're from.

At the beginning of the 20th century, head lice were seen as the scourge of the working class. Statistics from the School Board of Glasgow at the time give an intriguing insight into the relationship between poverty and head louse numbers.

The principal industry was shipbuilding. Between 1910 and 1930, whenever there was a drop in shipbuilding there was an increase in head lice. The peak came two or three years into the recession when times were toughest.

But the association of head lice with the working class ended in the late 1940s with chemical control methods. And today you are never too posh to get head lice.

WHAT ELSE?

See objects of Tudor hygiene such as pomanders and nit combs in Wessex Archaeology's Tudor Seafaring Teacher's Pack.

Travel through time and live like nits in sidriver's comedy sketch, A Brief History of Nits.

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TIMELINE

8000BC: Nit found on a human hair of this date in Brazil.

3000BC: Nits found on an Egyptian mummy of this date.

AD350: Aristotle (pictured left) writes theory of how lice occur.

AD72: A comb with a louse attached from this date found at Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria. …

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