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Remembering Animals in War

RPRA Office Manager, Julia Field, attended the Remembrance Service for Animals in War last week. She reports: “I was honoured to have the opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of the RPRA on the steps of the Animals in War Memorial in London on Friday 18th November at a service of remembrance. “There were […]

Updated Display at the Cornwall at War Museum

The animals at war display at the Cornwall at War Museum, Davidstow, near Camelford, has recently been updated. This work was undertaken by Ms Pauline Bajic and includes facsimiles of documents held within the RPRA archive. If you are visiting the area please make sure you pop in to have a look at the fascinating […]

Pigeon memorabilia on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

The episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip broadcast on BBC2 on Monday evening featured an item on pigeon memorabilia and scenes which were filmed at the RPRA One Loft some months ago. Designer Wayne Hemingway and comedian Graham Fellows (in the guise of John Shuttleworth) were the two participating celebrities, accompanied by experts Philip Serrell and Paul Laidlaw. […]

RPRA visits Endon Hall Primary School

RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, visited Endon Hall Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent to talk about pigeons, and in particular their role in World War II, which the pupils are studying. His presentation included a slide show on pigeon history, an explanation of their contribution to the war – supported by props, including a pigeon parachute – […]

WW2 Military Intelligence and the use of Pigeons

Jennifer Spangler has produced a very interesting blog on World War 2 Military Intelligence and in particular the use of carrier pigeons for the return of messages from agents in occupied Europe. The blog features scans of many documents – most highly secret at the time – which tell the story of the contribution that carrier […]

RPRA visit Olveston Primary School

Pupils at Olveston Primary School in Bristol welcomed pigeons as special visitors to their school earlier this week. RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, spent the afternoon at the school giving pupils an understanding of the role played by pigeons in World War II. The visit coincided with the Years 5 and 6 pupils’ topic of war […]

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip visits the One Loft

Celebrity comedian John Shuttleworth and antiques expert Paul Laidlaw visited the RPRA One Loft at Tewkesbury to film a piece for a forthcoming episode of the BBC series Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. In addition to filming various items of historic pigeons in war memorabilia John also gave a live performance of his famous song ‘Pigeons […]

Princess Royal inspects Animals in War Memorial (North)

HRH The Princess Royal inspected the new Animals in War Memorial (North) while officially opening the Devil’s Porridge Museum, Eastriggs, where the memorial is situated. The British Homing World article on the event can be seen below. BHW article P1 BHW article P2  

Carrier Pigeons on the History Channel

Pigeons played a small but starring role in a History Channel programme on Thursday evening, 4th June, which explained their role in carrying messages in conflict. The Calshot episode of ‘Defenders of the Sky: The Great British Airfield’ was broadcast on H2, and featured scenes shot at the RPRA’s One Loft. Read more about the series […]

History Channel filming at the One Loft

A film crew from the History Channel spent a damp and cold morning at the One Loft in Tewkesbury filming for a programme about Pigeons in War. Our thanks to Jeremy for the pigeons and to Julie for the teas and coffees. The show will be presented by Jules Hudson (Escape to the Country) and […]