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Institute of Hygiene

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1903 The Institute of Hygiene was founded, mainly to organize exhibitions about public health and preventative medicine. It also taught courses in hygiene for non-medical workers.

1904 Its building at 33-34 Devonshire Street, London, opened in the autumn of 1904.

1912 Films were first shown, with the intention of making them a permanent part of the exhibition. Sir William Bennett was the President of the Institute of Hygiene. Arguably this was the first cinema in Britain set up for educational purposes.

1937 The Royal Institute of Public Health merged with the Institute of Hygiene


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