I’m not claiming that this cross-section of flooring was the most interesting part about my visit to Durham Museum but I have stared at floors in these grand stations before and wondered what they’re made of. OK, it’s likely true that I have too much time to think about these things….
Anyway, the floor dates to 1931 and is a terrazzo floor which is hard wearing and also decorative. At this railway station the floor was designed to complement the art deco elements of the rest of the Grand Hall. Terrazzo is made of chips of marble which are then poured into a polymeric material, all very much of an art form.