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BBC History pays tribute to WW1 pigeons

History Extra, the official website of BBC History Magazine, pays tribute to the homing pigeons that served in World War 1. Click on the image below to see the article.                        

Schools learn about pigeon history

Schoolchildren are getting to see racing pigeons at first hand as RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, visits schools to give talks on pigeon history and racing pigeons. Over 200 children at Brushwood Junior School in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, were treated to four separate talks across a day. As the school was holding a World War 1 theme […]

Flying Back To Nature

The Midlands National Flying Club and the Royal Pigeon Racing Association have created an interactive educational project – ‘Secret Messages’ – offering pupils the opportunity to learn about the vital work undertaken by carrier pigeons during the World Wars. Read more about the initiative in this article, and see the Flying Back to Nature website […]

Rhyl World War 1 At Home Event

Members of Rhyl RPC helped make the BBC’s World War 1 At Home Tour a huge success when the event came to the town at the end of August. More than 34,000 visitors flocked to the site over the weekend, when six liberations of racing pigeons took place for the public to watch. Brian Jones […]

Winged Warriors – a film in the making

TV director, Evy Barry, is currently making a film about carrier pigeons during World War 1. She has already visited RPRA HQ to interview General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, and to see the artefacts which we hold here, but she is also looking for support from our members. Evy says: “I am writing to the pigeon […]

‘Pigeon’ play begins touring in September

Lunabug Theatre will be presenting a play based on the exploits of World War 1 carrier pigeon ‘Cher Ami’, beginning at Harrogate Theatre on Saturday 13th September. The play then tours other towns and cities until mid-November. See full details and a youtube clip at the Lunabug website.        

Pigeons in War at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Racing pigeons were well represented at the International Balloon Fiesta held in Bristol. Over 300,000 visitors were forecast to attend (although the weather on Sunday may impact on the final number). A large number of these visited the BBC Learning World War 1 ‘compound’ and saw the Pigeons in War exhibition. Friday saw Jonathan Adams […]

WW1 pigeon militaria on auction

Kentonline reports that an auction of militaria will take place at Canterbury Auction Galleries on Wednesday 6th August. It says: “Of particular local importance is a rare group of objects from the Great War, which recall the vital mercy flights carried out by birds of the Government Pigeon Service, resulting in downed airmen being rescued. These […]

Support needed for pigeon documentary

Matilda Hay and Emily Bates are two university students making a short documentary on pigeons as the final piece of their MSc in Science Media Production, and they are looking for assistance from RPRA members. Matilda said: “We want to show the world how incredible pigeons are through a half hour documentary. We will be […]