Challenge of the sub-basement

If you dare, carefully descend into the bowels of the museum

As you descend to the sub-basement beware. The steps are steep and worn. In fact the last step into the basement area is especially worn by decades of hob nail boots on the edge that leads to the latrines. The pipes in the washroom form part of the original lead plumbing and beware of salt excretions from the exposed brick work which could damage clothes.

The other part of the sub basement was devoted to the clothing store. Usually hallowed ground with entry only by invitation of the store man who gave the impression that he was giving away his personal belongings. The racking was boarded on the outside to form a corridor with the one doorway into the store. Point out the different labels for items of clothing such as capes, breeches, worn by motorcyclists as well as the mounted section and the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps (WAPC). There’s also a place for parking tickets as the police were responsible for the first Traffic Wardens.


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