Who are we and what do we do?
We are Emma and Mike Raphael the only professional historical falconers in the UK. We are not based at or affiliated to a public bird of prey centre; we are a privately based specialist mobile falconry business. We specialise in the recreation, performance and interpretation of period falconry in authentic, live action style and can present English falconry from all relevant periods during the last millennia.
With passion and imagination we reveal the social importance of hunting with birds in history and show how falconry has shaped our national heritage and the countryside in which we all live. We are proudly reputed for our beautiful birds, fabulous quality costumes, captivating commentary and a serious professional shine that you would expect from seasoned performers.
Our work includes:-
Stunning arena displays and period exhibition tents for historical events.
Lively indoor presentations and workshops for museums and academic institutions.
Live scenes for Historical TV documentaries and recreations for still media.
School visits, lectures and consultancy.
Corporate entertainment days and group training sessions.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT EACH OF OUR SERVICES CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE.
So what’s special about Edwardian Falconry?
The Edwardian period was only a short one however it was a time of rapid social change and that had an effect on falconry. The early C20th was the last great age of the country house and subsequently the swan-song of many traditional country sports. Falconry had been restored in the early Victorian Age and gained in popularity attracting noble and even royal patronage, it struggled to survive the fashion for modern guns and game shooting, it adapted to changing social tastes to include women at field meets, to engineer public presentations for spectators of all classes and even to replace traditional hawking ponies with automated motor cars! Never had falconry seen so much change in such a concentrated period of time.
However, all of that magnificent evolution was stopped dead in its tracks with the outbreak of World War I when many falconers did not return from military duty and those that did found their partridge land shot and shelled to pieces. Falconry did survive the Great War but it emerged new and changed….the old days were gone forever.
This is a more recent period for us, one put together on the special request of English Heritage. After months of research we have written a rather fascinating, sometimes amusing and sometimes poignant story of the endurances of falconers and their birds. Did you know that our Edwardian King accidentally caused the extinction of an entire species of bird?
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK EDWARDIAN!