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Interior. Canteen block. View of dining room showing detail of mural surrounding door

SC 600943

Description Interior. Canteen block. View of dining room showing detail of mural surrounding door

Date 6/6/1996

Catalogue Number SC 600943

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 3117 CN

Scope and Content Mural painting, World War II mess hall, canteen block, Ness Battery, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands In both World Wars coast batteries were built to protect the channels into Scapa Flow and Kirkwall Bay, where there was an important contraband control. The greatest concentrations of firepower were at the main southern and north-western entrances to the Flow, the latter covered by a series of coast batteries centred, in World War II, on Ness Battery at Stromness. The timber-lined walls of the mess hall within the canteen block at Ness Battery are brightly decorated with a mural oil-based painting which depicts various scenes of rural life and is signed by one A P Woods. This view shows how, above a darkly varnished lower section or dado, the mural runs across one of the exit doorways, continuing the rolling landscape and woodland theme on either side. At the heart of the Orkney archipelago, Scapa Flow was the main fleet anchorage for the Royal Navy during both World Wars. Its vital importance led to the creation of one of the most concentrated defence networks in Britain. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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