Project Pigeon off to a Flying Start!
It’s been a busy few months for Project Pigeon: after supporting the Digbeth Fun Day in August, Project Pigeon has recently been awarded a £43,500 grant in order to create the Birmingham Pigeon Archive.
Birmingham still boasts more pigeon fanciers than any other UK city and now an archive charting this historic working class past-time will be produced for the first time. The project will also cover such local claims to international fame as the breeding of the uniquely acrobatic Birmingham Roller, a type that originated in 1920 in Bordesley Green after local fancier William Penson noticed one of his birds perform a backflip while in flight.
Once completed the archive will be deposited at the Birmingham Library Archive and also at Bletchley Park Museum which houses an ‘Animals in War’ exhibit featuring the work of carrier pigeons during two world wars. The two-year project will also use the information gathered to create a radio play about pigeon fancying which, it is hoped will be broadcast in the region, if not farther afield.
Congratulations to Project Pigeon, and I look forward to visiting the exhibition when it is complete!