Bog standard: Innovations in toilet design


From The National Archives:

The first UK patent for a flushing toilet, or water closet, was granted in 1775, followed quickly by two more in 1777 and 1778. Later, the Victorians sought to make even this most utilitarian fixture beautiful, producing designs for highly decorative sanitary ware.

Inspired by our exhibition, Spirit of Invention, you can explore a collection highlight tracing the development of toilet design from the Victorian era onwards – featuring some surprisingly interesting and aesthetic designs!

Visit the Spirit of Invention for free at The National Archives, Tuesday – Sunday every week until 29th October 2023.

Thank you to Liverymen Michael Cooper and Sandra Raine for sharing this!