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    storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Hello,

    I'm living in St.Petersburg (Russia) where there is one of the biggest collections of paintings in the world. Not all canvases are on display. Some are kept in special premises and they sometimes replace those paintings that are permanently on display. I'd like to know what do you call these premises where some paintings are located when they aren't on displa. Please choose the words that you like and if you dislike the word, please explain if it's wrong or just the matter of a persoanl preference:

    storage
    depository
    depot
    repository
    storehouse


    Thanks

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    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Please help me with my question

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    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Storage is the term I have heard used in the UK- you hear about things the British Museum keeps in storage or refer to the place as the British Museum storage.

    Pleased be patient- people will answer questions, but the forum is very active and you may have to wait a bit.

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    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    They are in storage in a repository or storehouse.
    Depot and depository are not really places of storage.


    not teacjer

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    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    They are in storage in a repository or storehouse.
    Depot and depository are not really places of storage.

    not teacjer
    Thanks for your help. I agree with you about "repository". As regards "storehouse" I've got a question. Is it really a house or it can also be the name of a room where paintings are stored? In other words is "storehouse" really a house?

    Look at what I've found about "depository": A depository is a place where objects can be stored safely (Collins Cobuild dictionary). A depot is a place where large amounts of raw materials, equipment, arms, or other supplies are kept until they are needed. (Collins Cobuild dictionary)

    How would you comment on that?
    Last edited by milan2003_07; 28-May-2011 at 17:31.

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    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks for your help. I agree with you about "repository". As regards "storehouse" I've got a question. Is it really a house or it can also be the name of a room where paintings are stored? In other words is "storehouse" really a house?

    Look at what I've found about "depository": A depository is a place where objects can be stored safely (Collins Cobuild dictionary). A depot is a place where large amounts of raw materials, equipment, arms, or other supplies are kept until they are needed. (Collins Cobuild dictionary)

    How would you comment on that?
    I would say that a storehouse would be a separate building, not necessarily a house, but certainly a building in its own right.

    A storeroom is a room within a building where items are kept.

    A depot is usually much larger and can be used for storing things while they wait to be loaded onto a vehicle and transported somewhere else. In the UK, it's also where buses/coaches go at the end of their journey, perhaps to be cleaned and then sent out on a new journey. For example: "The bus is on its way to the depot so it isn't picking up passengers."

    The most famous example of a "depository" is the Dallas Book Depository, from where (allegedly) Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK.

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    #7

    Re: storage / depository / depot / repository / storehouse

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A depot is usually much larger and can be used for storing things while they wait to be loaded onto a vehicle and transported somewhere else.
    I first learnt the word depot watching a BBC series titled Blizzard: Race To The Pole, which reconstructed Scott's and Amundsen's 1911 race to the Pole. I absolutely loved it, and I would recommend it to anyone who might be interested in the topic.

    Here's the word in the context of the race (BBC History - The Race to the South Pole):

    -Early in the year, prior to setting off on the journey to the Pole, teams laid food and equipment depots on the route.

    -Like the British, Amundsen and his men spent the first months of the expedition making extensive preparations and laying supply depots southwards.

    -A swirling blizzard confined them to their sleeping bags, while One Ton depot lay only 11 miles away.

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