Officers having breakfast in the shore base, HMS Defiance

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Commentary

This official Admiralty photograph shows two officers being served breakfast by WRNS stewards in the wardroom of the shore establishment HMS Defiance. Through corporate domestic interiors such as these, middle-class naval officers (along with the members of many other professional institutions) were able to enjoy a style of life and security of status far beyond their individual means.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Identities
Human Relationships
Labour
Leisure
Social Position
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
Standing

Rooms

Type
Dining Room
Social and Sitting Spaces
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Adults
Male
Female

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating
Lighting
Heating
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, London: Photograph Collection, A. 1677
Record ID
QC1063