A History of Menstruation

When & Where

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Wednesday, 24 May 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

Event Details

The sanitary bin and warnings such as ‘Do Not Flush Feminine Products!’ have become a feature of women’s public bathrooms throughout Britain.

This talk examines the three historical phases of sanitary bin technology and its meanings. First, the pioneering phase when the bin was needed to tackle the problems of flushing menstrual products and unpopular incinerators. Second, the environmental phase when campaigners boosted the industry as they called for more regulations regarding menstrual product waste. Third, the high-tech phase of the 2000s.

This talk presents the sanitary bin in its historical context for the first time, and argues that it reveals changing attitudes towards menstruation, the environment and bathroom politics.


Daisy Cunynghame



Event Location

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
11 Queen Street


Please note that you should check with the event organiser to confirm details of times and location - Scottish Local History Forum is not responsible for the events hosted by Member Societies.