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 […]
The Feathered Aviator
The New Brewery Arts Centre in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, is currently hosting an installation titled ‘The Feathered Aviator’, commemorating the vital role of carrier pigeons during World War 1. Featuring sculptured wire pigeons by Celia Smith and over 400 local schoolchildren and Army families, the display runs until 7th September and is free to enter. […]
Dickin Medal Winners
See our tribute to the 32 carrier pigeons that won the Dickin Medal – the ‘Animal VC’ – during World War 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx9uTAsX3bY
BBC World War 1 At Home Tour – Woolwich Event
The BBC World War 1 At Home Tour will visit county shows, summer festivals, air shows and bustling shopping centres the length and breadth of the UK. A family festival drew more than 30,000 people to Woolwich on Saturday 28th June as part of the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations. The event, which highlights Woolwich’s […]
Dickin Medals valued on Antiques Roadshow
RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, and Pigeons in War Volunteer Curator for the RPRA at Bletchley Park, Colin Hill, travelled to Stowe House in Buckingham for a recording of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. They took along with them for valuation Dickin Medals won by wartime carrier pigeons, and were interviewed by the programme’s militaria expert, […]
BBC ‘Pigeons in War’ Feature
Former RPRA General Manager, Peter Bryant, explains the contribution to the war effort made by carrier pigeons and their owners. Part of the BBC2 documentary series ‘How We Won The War’, shown in September/October 2012.
Wreath laid for Pigeons lost in War
RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, laid a wreath at the Animals in War Memorial on Friday morning, in memory of the many thousands of carrier pigeons lost in war. The wreath laying was part of a service at the memorial in Park Lane, on the edge of Hyde Park, to commemorate the countless horses, mules, […]
War Horse to War Bird?
Author Michael Morpurgo, whose best known work – War Horse – was made into the Oscar nominated film, hinted on BBC Breakfast that his next book may be about a wartime carrier pigeon. Whether this was a throw-away comment or not remains to be seen! Watch the interview here.
A True Wartime Story
The Mystery of the Missing Carrier Pigeon
While ripping out an old fireplace at a derelict house in Surrey, David and Ann Martin found what they thought to be a discarded chicken bone, but which on closer inspection turned out to be the remains of a pigeon. Attached to the bird’s foot was a small red cylinder, and inside they found a coded message that was almost certainly dispatched […]