Collection of samples of building materials used at the Building Research Station, Watford in the 1940s and '50s.

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Specimen of stone from St. Pauls Cathedral, (pink discolouration shows that the stone was used in the original
Ministry of Technology (Watford)
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Collection of samples of building materials made by Dr. S.B. Hamilton and Dr. N. Davey of the Building Research Station, Watford

This collection of samples of building materials were used by Dr S.B. Hamilton and Dr Norman Davey of the Building Research Station (BRS), Watford. The collection of specimens were collected from all over Britain (and some further afield) in the 1940s and ‘50s, mainly from archaeological digs, and brought to the BRS so they could be materials tested in different ways.

Some samples were cut open and analysed, some were broken down with acid, some were coated in resin to bring out their features and photographed under a microscope.


Building Construction
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samples of building materials
Ministry of Technology (Watford)

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