Central Hall

Central Hall

CBRNe Convergence Europe is in the heart of London - Central Hall, Westminster. In front of you is Big Ben, to your right Westminster Abbey and the left the Supreme Court - CBRNE in the heart of government.

2017’s CBRNe Convergence Europe is coming from the heart of UK government. Situated across from Parliament and next to Westminster Abbey the venue is going to be Central Hall. The Central Hall was erected to mark the centenary of the Methodist John Wesley’s death. It was built in 1905–11 on the site of the Royal Aquarium, Music Hall and Imperial Theatre, an entertainment complex that operated with varying success from 1876 to 1903. The Methodist Central Hall, Westminster was to act not only as a church, but to be of “great service for conferences on religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic and social questions”.

Central Hall hosted the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. In return for the use of the hall, the Assembly voted to fund the repainting of the walls of the church in a light blue – the paint is still there, albeit marginally cracked and peeling. It has been regularly used for political rallies—famous speakers have included Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Winston Churchill.

The Football World Cup trophy was on display at Central Hall in early 1966 in preparation for the tournament being held in England that summer. However, it was stolen from the hall on 20 March 1966. It was recovered seven days later in South London but the thief was never caught. England went on to win the trophy four months later.


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