Pigeon Talk: Tales From The Fancy
Project Pigeon has just made a book – Pigeon Talk: Tales from The Fancy. It brings together some of the research, insights and themes that came up in the 45 interviews we conducted with pigeon fanciers as part of the Birmingham Pigeon Archive project. The book is mostly told in the voices of the pigeon fanciers.
The book gives insight into the history and culture of pigeon fancying in Birmingham and the Black Country. It explores themes such as pigeon clubs past and present, pigeon social events and shows, memorable Birmingham pigeons, family life, pigeon pet shops and the pigeon economy. But it also explores other connected social histories such as Working Men’s Clubs and Pubs which are used as a base for pigeon clubs. The pigeon’s role in the Second World War is recollected by fanciers whose birds went into service and the use of the railways to transport pigeons for training and racing
The chapter Project Diary shows the process of making the Birmingham Pigeon Archive. Process was important, volunteers were trained, young people learnt about new local histories and activities, older people and younger people worked together and people with different backgrounds, skills and interests came together.
106 colour pages, photographs, extracts from interviews and documents
Published April 2013
Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Birmingham Archive and Heritage Service
All money from sales goes towards maintaining the project.