On board a battleship: tea-time in one of the mess decks below

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Commentary

During peacetime the sailors who occupied messdecks such as this one on board a battleship were invariably drawn from working-class backgrounds. The mass conscription that accompanied the Second World War began to dilute the class-related segregation of these spaces. Thousands of ‘Hostilities Only’ ratings, many from quite different social strata, took their place alongside career servicemen.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Human Relationships
Labour
Social Position
Identities
Time

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements
Context

Dwelling

Type
Institutional
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Eating and Drinking
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Drinking
Eating
Sitting

Rooms

Type
Bedroom
Dining Room
Leisure / Games Room
Multifunctional Living Space
Social and Sitting Spaces
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Mess Decks

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating
Lighting
Tools, Utensils and Appliances

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Names
Date(s)
1939-1945
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Photograph
Type
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
by permission of The Imperial War Museum.
Location
Imperial War Museum, Photograph Collection, A. 2118
Record ID
QC1007