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An inquiry into communal laundry facilities, 1949 by cqualmann

At the TUC library I’ve been reading this report, by  Janet C. Wilson, published as a National Building Study (no.9). It’s remit is huge, and the research behind it involved a survey of 6,000 people. As well as statistics ( “approximately 50% of all households wash on Monday”) it includes commentary, opinion and policy proposals such as:

“for all communal laundries and public washhouses, privacy and proper segregation of each user’s washing should be ensured by grouping the washing equipment in cubicles” p.28

and:

“experience during the the inquiry has shown that when the housewife does the washing herself, small establishments are prefereable to large, as the distance from home is less and it is possible to obtain a pleasanter atmosphere and better spirit among the users, and pilfering is practically eliminated”. p.31

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