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Offline matthewbalzan

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Barrack rooms
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:26:00 AM »
I am currently researching info on barrack accomodation of British Barracks. I do not know if barrack accomodation was standardized along the Empire as I am researching barracks in Malta. Does anyone please have any infor re the set up of barrack accomodation during the 1850s/60s? I.e. furniture normally used in barrack rooms, material it was made from, any painting used, accessories etc...Thank you.

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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 11:42:55 AM »
Yes, the barracks rooms were standard across the various stations. In some cases equipment was procured or made locally. It did however conform to regulations. Some details here:
http://www.victorianforts.co.uk/rowner/barrackroom.htm
Mario Farrugia of Fontazzoni Wirt Artna has lots of details of Maltese Barracks and equipment.
We (The Palmerston Forts Society) have set up barracks rooms in Crownhill Fort, Plymouth and in Fort Nelson, Portsmouth as well as supplying information to Fort Rinella Malta.
David Moore

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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 12:38:04 PM »
Many thanks!

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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2014, 12:39:31 PM »
Some minor notes, from photos it seems the beds were made out of iron right?

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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2014, 07:27:10 PM »
The beds were all metal and they were folded back during the day to form a chair.
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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2014, 07:31:44 PM »
One of the beds we had made for the barrack room displays at Fort Nelson.
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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2014, 06:40:53 AM »
Thank you for the interesting photos! Therefore, these type of barrack rooms were standard for the 2nd half of the 19th century, i.e. 1850-1900? Thanks again!

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Re: Barrack rooms
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2014, 10:33:14 AM »
You may be interested in the book 'British Barracks 1600-1914' by James Douet. English Heritage 1998. Although an interesting book, well illustrated he hardly touches on barrack room equipment.

The PFSoc has produced some excellent articles on barrack rooms over the years.

Hope this is of some help.

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