Underwater house equipment under construction, Malta
Young man assembling electronic equipment connected with an underwater, inflatable house under construction on a beach in Malta. The house was anchored to the seabed, some 50 feet deep, in Paradise Bay, off the coast of Malta. It was equipped with lighting, telephone and immersion heaters with which the inhabitants could make hot drinks. It was constructed by teams of engineers and diving enthusiasts from Imperial College of Science and Technology and Enfield College of Technology. It was 9ft long and 6ft wide, constructed from rubberised material on a steel frame, and weighed around 500 lb. The team leader was David Baume who hoped it would be the first of a series of low cost underwater living spaces from which scientists could explore the seas. David and some other team members were able to spend a night 30 feet below the surface. The following day a severe storm caused the house to collapse.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/DAVID LEWIS HODGSON
Boys assemble for drill, NIPRCC East Harling, Norfolk
Boys assembling for drill at the East Harling, Norfolk, branch of the National Institutions for Persons Requiring Care and Control, an organisation privately run by the Rev Harold Burden to house 'feeble minded' children. The site, at Kenninghall, was originally the Guiltcross Union workhouse. In 1904 it had become the Eastern Counties Inebriates Reformatory also run by Burden.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection