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Guilty chimneys and the threat to the air we breathe

Air pollution can present a visible threat to our environment and health. Anti-pollution activism spans hundreds of years, and new media technologies have brought new campaigns. Angela Saward explores how images and film have informed people of the insidious threat to health posed by dirty air.

Words by Angela Saward

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About the author

Angela Saward

Angela is a research development specialist at Wellcome Collection with a background in film and sound archives. She has worked with artists and television producers on various archive-film-led projects. She co-curated ‘Here Comes Good Health!’ in 2012, and works with the exhibitions, publishing and policy teams on sourcing collections material.