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Museum of London opens archive to mark National Pigeon Day

Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, 1954 Photo: Museum of London

The Museum of London is opening up its collection of pictures by famous London photographer Henry Grant, to mark National Pigeon Day.

Feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square Credit: Museum of London

National Pigeon Day was started in the US to mark the work carrier pigeons did in the First World War. Not all of the photos are currently on display at the Museum of London, but some have been released to mark the museum's new show, Beasts of London.

The Internatinal Show of Racing Pigeons, 1960 Credit: Museum of London

Henry Grant was a freelance photographer based in London. He captured images of Londoners of all ages as they went about their daily lives.

Grant developed his passion for photography before the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1946 he opted out of his family’s textile business and took up photography for a living. He began by taking portraits of children, but soon started to work for a news agency on Fleet Street where he could pursue a career as a photojournalist.

Women in uniform, 1961 Credit: Estate of Lutz Dille and Museum of London
Lion statue and pigeons in Trafalgar Square Credit: Museum of London
Family feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, 1962 Credit: Museum of London
Crowds and pigeons in Trafalgar Square Credit: Museum of London