|John Stone and Alan Train take me to 'the central stores'|
After thoroughly disorientating me by leading me along many corridors, through locked doors and up and down endless staircases, I was finally brought to the entrance of the dimly lit store rooms. These rooms are used to house old furnishings and other material from the buildings past. The main part of the store rooms are reached via a staircase cased in scaffolding, lined with shelves of fading, silver plated dinner ware. This staircase, and its mirror image on the far side of central stores, were designed to lead up to a viewing gallery overlooking 'The Grand Hall'. 'The Grand Hall' was part of the original more extensive plan for Senate House which was never completed. The site of the proposed 'Grand Hall' is now occupied by the post-modern Stewart House.
|the stores - once used as a rifle range|
|treasures from the stores- maintenance minutes books form the 1930s - 1950s|
"Furnish'd and burnish'd by Aldershot sun".from John Betjeman's - A Subaltern's Love Song. John Betjeman worked for the Minsitry of information at Senate House and so did the subject of one of his poems