Museums

Indoor Exhibitions

Duck Hawk image

We offer a unique service to indoor venues who wish to offer their visitors unusual and insightful entertainment of the highest quality. We have done so at the V & A Museum as part of their Gothic Exhibition, at The British Library for their Henry VIII Man and Monarch Exhibition and at Stoke Pottery Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Staffordshire Hoard display. We have also worked at numerous smaller regional museums and historic venues where there is no outdoor space to fly. We are the only people EVER to have taken live animals into the Natural History Museum....so anything is possible!

We are demonstrators, performers, interpreters and story tellers... not just falconers so we don't have to free-fly birds to be interesting! We can work to themes as listed on our "Periods" page, we can complement visiting artefacts or special exhibitions, we can re-create images from tapestry and art, we can even work as part of a wider historical scene. And depending upon your facilities we can erect our indoor exhibition in a gallery, on a landing, in a lecture theatre or on a concourse.

Every performance requires a stage and ours is the Hawk Mews; a small period scene that we create in a suitable indoor space comprising live birds safely tethered to period perches and around them a variety of period props, falconry equipment, pottery, fabrics, furniture and a real falconer. The mews is always a popular attraction in its own right and allows visitors to view the birds, take photographs and ask questions. We have a simple free-standing safety barrier and provide floor protectors.

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In our experience museums prefer one of the following 2 event formats:-

Option 1 - Timetabled Presentations
A series of lively 30 minute verbal shows presented throughout the day during which visitors are invited to handle hoods, try on a glove, listen to stories and learn all about the life and duties of a period falconer. We sometimes use sound effects, we demonstrate a wealth of period props and invite a little participation from the listening audience. Times are displayed on a blackboard and we give each talk a different theme and content.
Option 2 - Live Craft Demonstrations
Suitable for a venue with a regular flow of visitors who pass by without stopping for long. From the Hawk Mews we demonstrate various falconry crafts such as the making of leather equipment, mixing medicines, dressing lures, knot tying, leash braiding and imping feathers. Visitors can handle all the artefacts displayed on our work table, view the tethered birds at close quarters and interact with us on a personal basis.

Fees

We charge a basic daily rate for a museum visit plus travel expenses and accommodation - if applicable. We will take single day bookings at weekends however at peak times of the season we may charge a nominal fee for the loss of the second day. We offer discounts for bookings of more than 2 consecutive days. Please email us for an inclusive quote and we will respond as soon as possible.

Decorative image of Feathers

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