Terracotta columns

Terracotta is both fireproof and strong under tension, which meant that Waterhouse could use it for much more than the decorative detail.

Throughout the Museum you will find huge terracotta columns like the ones in the Mineral Gallery, where terracotta blocks encase iron columns that support the floor, and the entire column is filled with brick rubble. This combination of iron, mortar and terracotta is typical of the construction of the whole Museum.

Learn more about the use of iron in the Museum’s construction.