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Do you, or have you ever, worked in a very famous building?

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ferriswheel Sat 11-Nov-17 20:40:28

I've just lost the best part of a day watching Designated Survivor and it has made me think about all of the behind-the-scenes people who work in The White House, or Buckingham Palace, or any kind of place like that.

Does anyone have any exciting stories of what it is actually like?

pret Sat 11-Nov-17 20:42:20

My best friend worked in the White House. She loved it.

mumonashoestring Sat 11-Nov-17 20:45:01

Not sure if mine is famous enough for you (not quite in the same league) but I work in one of Oxford's oldest and most famous buildings. Mostly it's just like working anywhere else (only with bobbins heating and no lifts!) which means it's even more odd looking up in the middle of a v dull meeting about budgeting or annual stats reporting and seeing a gaggle of tourists peering through the window...

mumonashoestring Sat 11-Nov-17 20:45:03

Not sure if mine is famous enough for you (not quite in the same league) but I work in one of Oxford's oldest and most famous buildings. Mostly it's just like working anywhere else (only with bobbins heating and no lifts!) which means it's even more odd looking up in the middle of a v dull meeting about budgeting or annual stats reporting and seeing a gaggle of tourists peering through the window...

ferriswheel Sat 11-Nov-17 20:45:51

Was it as exciting and cosmopolitan as it appears? I can't imagine going somewhere like that every day for work.

ferriswheel Sat 11-Nov-17 20:46:48

An old building in Oxford is exciting! I worked in The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh once, that felt quite impressive!

combatbarbie Sat 11-Nov-17 20:48:39

I worked in the bunker in MOD London, where the linked tunnel to Downing Street is and the Cobra meetings are held.

I was there when 7/7 happened...

museumum Sat 11-Nov-17 20:49:56

I've worked in a few really famous museums and castles and such like. It's not v glam - the office spaces are cold and pokey.

Noofly Sat 11-Nov-17 20:50:02

Not the same level at all but I worked in Edinburgh Castle for a while. The soldiers used to take great delight in jumping out round corners first thing in the morning to scare the living daylights out of us as we walked to work. hmm

liquidrevolution Sat 11-Nov-17 20:50:24

A lot.

I am an historic buildings specialist. I get to go into parts of palaces and big houses/colleges even the owners/workers don't know about. There are some really fascinating hidey holes around!

AngeloMysterioso Sat 11-Nov-17 20:51:55

I worked in the Gherkin for a while, does that count?

mumonashoestring Sat 11-Nov-17 20:52:15

Most of the time I get to work sweaty (cycling) and swearing about the buses and pedestrians grin but there are odd mornings, particularly when it's sunny, and the buildings are glowing, and there are ceremonies happening, when it's lovely to sit outside with a coffee early on, watch some of the set up, watch the tour groups gathering and snapping photos, then put my ID back on display and wander in to the office.

Justbookedasummmerholiday Sat 11-Nov-17 20:52:21

I clean in an old monestary that is now a house. It has a tunnel in the back garden that reaches the sea a few miles away. Apparently the monks used to smuggle people to safety to awaiting boats. Old walls and statues are still in the garden - its a very peaceful feeling being there!!

superking Sat 11-Nov-17 20:52:30

I worked at Parliament for a while. It was great and did feel very special. You get used to the work, dealing with MPs etc, but the building itself and its history always gave me a thrill.

TunaStubbs Sat 11-Nov-17 20:53:37

I worked in the Home Office in the 90s. It was pretty tedious tbh. My most abiding memory is that you could smoke at your desk.

mumonashoestring Sat 11-Nov-17 20:53:55

I get to go into parts of palaces and big houses/colleges even the owners/workers don't know about. There are some really fascinating hidey holes around!

You know we're going to want you to share, right? grin Any favourites?

Hobbes8 Sat 11-Nov-17 20:57:24

I worked in the Treasury for a while about 10 years ago. It was quite exciting on budget day, and I was there when Gordon Brown became PM and everyone lined the corridors clapping when he left the Treasury for No 10. I used to walk over Westminster Bridge every day and I still found the view uplifting. I had a few meetings at No 10 and it's always exciting to go through the front door. Also: good canteen.

I work in a basement in Crawley now. It's not the same.

PearlieQueen Sat 11-Nov-17 20:57:53

I worked in New Scotland Yard for 27 years before it was sold to make way for luxury flats

redexpat Sat 11-Nov-17 20:58:01

I was an intern in parliament.

Gingernaut Sat 11-Nov-17 20:59:02

I used to work in a police building in London.

Whenever I was late for work, I could hail a cab, give the address and have no problem about where they were going.

The Hackney Carriage Licensing Office was in the same building.

Not famous famous, but well known enough. grin

JacquesHammer Sat 11-Nov-17 20:59:48

I'm an historic building specialist

That sounds a wonderfully fascinating job!

Backingvocals Sat 11-Nov-17 21:00:43

Hobbes8 I was there at the same time. Very formative years smile

BernardBlacksHangover Sat 11-Nov-17 21:01:42

One of my best friends works in the House of Commons. Another passing acquaintance works in Buckingham Palace. He met the Queen on his second day and surprises himself by totally losing his proverbial shit.

Bubblysqueak Sat 11-Nov-17 21:02:26

I used to volunteer at a wild life tourist attraction. Used to love being there before opening when it was quiet and knowing the best spots to sit and have lunch.

tinytemper66 Sat 11-Nov-17 21:02:39

I don`t work there but I am going to be going inside the House of Commons in a couple of weeks with a party of 25 14 year olds. Can`t wait!

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