Scene in a mess deck of a battleship at sea

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Commentary

This official Admiralty photograph, though perhaps appearing a little staged, demonstrates the informal entertainment and sociability that often characterised life on a lower ranks messdeck. In many ways, the space contained and reflected the modes of working-class masculine sociability present in the civilian workplace and pub.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Human Relationships
Labour
Leisure
Physical / Emotional States
Social Position
Identities

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
Intellectual, Cultural and Spritual
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Drinking
Entertaining
Music-making
Singing
Sitting
Standing
Relaxing

Rooms

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

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating
Tools, Utensils and Appliances

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Names
Date(s)
1939-1949
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. 2224
Record ID
QC1008