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dc.contributor.otherCentre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH, The University of Cambridge)
dc.coverage.spatialAden
dc.coverage.temporal1921
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-27T12:59:01Z
dc.date.available2018-09-27T12:59:01Z
dc.identifier.otherIOR/R/20/A/2589
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/282562
dc.descriptionThe third pandemic of plague (in its bubonic and pneumonic clinical forms) struck the globe between 1894 and 1959. As Yersinia pestis spread from country to country and from continent to continent, it left behind it not only a trail of death and devastation, but also a vast visual archive. It was the first time that plague would reach and establish itself in all inhabited continents. But it was also the first time that any epidemic would be photographed. As plague spread from harbour to harbour, and amongst cities, towns and villages, so did photographs of the pandemic through reproductions in the daily and illustrated press. Rather than forming a homogeneous or linear visual narrative, these photographic documents provided diverse perspectives on the pandemic, which, more often than not, were not simply different from region to region, but in fact conflicting within any single locus of infection. Moreover this photographic production came to establish a new field of vision, what we may call “epidemic photography” which continues to inform the way in which we see, depict and imagine epidemics and their social, economic, and political impact in the age of Global Health.
dc.descriptionAn important link between British India and Europe, the British-administered port city of Aden quickly became a focus of plague-containment efforts during the third plague pandemic. Here both maritime fumigation and rat-proofing of ships was applied in an effort to eradicate rats on board of vessels and disallow the disembarkation and embarkation of rats therein. Rat guards, metallic devices attached to mooring ropes and docklines, were applied across the globe to inhibit rats from climbing in and out of boats.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe database "Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic" was funded by an European Research Council Starting Grant (under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme/ERC grant agreement no 336564) for the project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic, led by Dr Christos Lynteris (PI); The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge (2013-2018). The project would like to thank its postdoctoral researchers, Drs Lukas Engelmann, Nicholas H. A. Evans, Maurits Meerwijk, Branwyn Poleykett and Abhjit Sarkar, and its administrators Mss Teresa Abaurrea, Emma Hacking and Samantha Peel for their contribution to this database.
dc.publisherThe British Library
dc.relation.ispartofIOR/R/20/A/2589; India Office Records. Records of the British Administration in Aden, 1839-1967. Settlement of Aden, 1838-1937; and Protectorate Affairs, 1878-1892. Residency Records. General subject files. File 118/1 Plague: Measures Against Plague; Report by Dr G.D. Chitre.
dc.rightsOpen Government Licence
dc.rights.urihttp://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
dc.subjectPlague
dc.subjectRat-Guard
dc.subjectShip
dc.subjectHarbour
dc.subjectRat Proofing
dc.subjectAden
dc.titleA cleft tin rat-guard having a big gap present between its neck and the rope passing though it.
dc.typeImage
dc.rights.holderCrown copyright
dc.rights.generalFrom the collections of: THE BRITISH LIBRARY
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.29926


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