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"Unveiling the Timeless Artistry of the Hook: From Blacksmith Tools to Firefighter Training" Step back in time to 1875

Background imageHook Collection: Leather making and tannery tools

Leather making and tannery tools
Various tools used in tannery and leather making, including a knife, pincers and a hook

Background imageHook Collection: Strigops habroptilus, kakapo

Strigops habroptilus, kakapo
Watercolour by John Gerrard Keulemans (c. 1887-1905), from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A history of the Birds of New Zealand (1887-88)

Background imageHook Collection: Blacksmith Tools 1875

Blacksmith Tools 1875
A range of tools used by a blacksmith or ironsmith, including pincers, a hook, files, a hammer and a mallet. 1875

Background imageHook Collection: Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Background imageHook Collection: Cid Officers as Dockers

Cid Officers as Dockers
C.I.D officers cunningly disguised as dockers during investigations into drug smugglers at Limehouse Docks, London. One man (r) has a hook for a hand!

Background imageHook Collection: Ara ararauna, blue-and-yellow macaw

Ara ararauna, blue-and-yellow macaw
Plate 41, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageHook Collection: French and English artificial fishing flies

French and English artificial fishing flies. circa 1900

Background imageHook Collection: Ara macao, scarlet macaw

Ara macao, scarlet macaw
Plate 25, a watercolour from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China

Background imageHook Collection: Sketch map of Hook, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Sketch map of Hook, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A sketch map of the village of Hook, including the various mining shafts of the colliery, on the Western Cleddau near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Background imageHook Collection: Welsh women road builders, South Wales

Welsh women road builders, South Wales
A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery

Background imageHook Collection: Phoeniconaias minor, lesser flamingo

Phoeniconaias minor, lesser flamingo
Pencil and watercolour drawing by Claude Gibney Finch-Davies (1918) from his African birds sketchbook

Background imageHook Collection: Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy. From Playhour (1958-59)

Background imageHook Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here a fireman is undertaking a hook ladder drill on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageHook Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. Here they are undertaking hook ladder drills on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageHook Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women

Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women
Womens Social & Political Union sash, in the colours of purple, white and green. White background with border edging of purple and green, dark green lettering

Background imageHook Collection: Eyes Of The Fleet

Eyes Of The Fleet
circa 1940: A Blackburn Skua two seat fighter and dive-bomber of the Fleet Air Arm with arrestor hook and wheels lowered, flying over warships of the British Fleet. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageHook Collection: Dog tapeworm head, SEM

Dog tapeworm head, SEM
Dog tapeworm head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head (scolex) of a dog tapeworm (Taenia pisiformis)

Background imageHook Collection: Miners and owner, Hook Colliery, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Miners and owner, Hook Colliery, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A group of men at Hook Colliery, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. They are the current shift of miners plus the owner, standing near a wooden headframe connected to a mineshaft

Background imageHook Collection: Ewell Epileptic Colony, Epsom, Surrey

Ewell Epileptic Colony, Epsom, Surrey
Lime Villa at the Ewell Epileptic Colony, Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey. The colony, opened in 1903 by the London County Council, was later known as Ewell Mental Hospital and then as St Ebbas Hospital

Background imageHook Collection: A simple device for removing a wart

A simple device for removing a wart
Contrary to the title of this picture, a complicated and convoluted machine to help a sufferer remove a wart from his head

Background imageHook Collection: Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon

Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon
A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in flight. The peregrine falcon can be seen in most parts of the UK except around london and the home counties. They breed in rocky cliffs and uplands

Background imageHook Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women

Suffragette W. S. P. U Sash Votes for Women
Sash produced for the Womens Social & Political Union, in the colours of purple, white and green. The sash is made in a heavy woven cotton material with white central panel and borders

Background imageHook Collection: Psittacula eupatria, Alexandrine parakeet

Psittacula eupatria, Alexandrine parakeet
Plate 8, painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects & Plants, (1754-57)

Background imageHook Collection: Hospital nurse warning jacket

Hospital nurse warning jacket. This jacket is worn by nurses who are delivering medication to patients, to warn other staff and patients not to disturb them

Background imageHook Collection: Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W

Douglas Dakota picking up a glider, Normandy; Second World W
Illustration showing a Douglas Dakota, C-47 Skytrain, swooping down with a hook trailing to pick up a Waco glider, Normandy, France, 1944

Background imageHook Collection: 18th century surgical equipment

18th century surgical equipment
Bone saw 1, pincers 2, 3, scissors 4, lead mallet 5 and hook for childbirth 6. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard from Denis Diderots Encyclopedia, Pellet, Geneva, 1779

Background imageHook Collection: GLC-LFB ERF diesel pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB ERF diesel pump-escape fire engine
The ERF pump escape attached to Millwall fire station, the latest addition to the Brigades appliance fleet. It was a dual-purpose appliance that could carry either the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder

Background imageHook Collection: Modern era. Arquebusier. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883

Modern era. Arquebusier. Engraving. Museo Militar, 1883. Later colouration. Date: 2019

Background imageHook Collection: Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Firefighter during hook ladder practice. Date: 1967

Background imageHook Collection: Fire station drill, hook ladder and 50 foot escape ladder

Fire station drill, hook ladder and 50 foot escape ladder
Regular training continued at all London fire stations during WW2, though it was unusual for a sub-station to have a drill tower

Background imageHook Collection: Hook Colliery Railway, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Hook Colliery Railway, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A view of the Hook Colliery Railway, a spur of the Great Western Railway which connected with Johnston Station, four miles away, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Background imageHook Collection: A Devonshire Stream, 1864, (1935). Artist: James Clarke Hook

A Devonshire Stream, 1864, (1935). Artist: James Clarke Hook
A Devonshire Stream, 1864, (1935). From A Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings in the Collection of Frederick John Nettleford, Volume II. - D to H, by C. Reginald Grundy. [Bemrose and Sons Ltd

Background imageHook Collection: Pan / Woodward / Cptn Hook

Pan / Woodward / Cptn Hook
Peter Pan and Captain Hook fight

Background imageHook Collection: Miss Hook Of Holland by Paul Rubens & Austin Hurgon

Miss Hook Of Holland by Paul Rubens & Austin Hurgon
Promotional postcard for Miss Hook of Holland by Paul Rubens and Austin Hurgon; music Paul Rubens. First produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre, 31st January 1907. For George Dances Co

Background imageHook Collection: PHOTOGRAPHER, 1923. Photographer suspended from the hook of a crane over Washington D

PHOTOGRAPHER, 1923. Photographer suspended from the hook of a crane over Washington D.C. c1920

Background imageHook Collection: Climber on the Masara-Corda Rossa via ferrata, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy, Europe

Climber on the Masara-Corda Rossa via ferrata, Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy, Europe

Background imageHook Collection: Adult mayfly fly

Adult mayfly fly

Background imageHook Collection: LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ

LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ
Lambeths (D61) pump at its base station, on display in Brigade headquarters drill yard. Side mounted pump outlets together with hose-reel tubing and two hook ladders can be seen

Background imageHook Collection: Cacatua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo

Cacatua moluccensis, salmon-crested cockatoo
Plate 2 from Edward Lears Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae or Parrots (1832). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageHook Collection: LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ

LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ
Lambeths (D61) pump at its base station, on display in Brigade headquarters drill yard. Side mounted pump outlets together with hose-reel tubing and two hook ladders can be seen

Background imageHook Collection: Goosegrass fruits, SEM

Goosegrass fruits, SEM
Goosegrass fruits. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the hooked fruits of a goosegrass plant (Galium aparine)

Background imageHook Collection: Welsh woman in traditional costume on a donkey

Welsh woman in traditional costume on a donkey
A young Welsh woman in traditional costume, riding a donkey sidesaddle. This was the usual form of transport at the time -- for example

Background imageHook Collection: SEM of a hooks and loops fastener

SEM of a hooks and loops fastener
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)of a hooks and loops fastener. It is a two-sheet material that is used as a reversible fastener on clothing and fabrics

Background imageHook Collection: Space suits

Space suits hanging in a row from hooks. These space suits, known as Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs), have been designed for use during shuttle missions

Background imageHook Collection: The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)

The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)
SJS1998 The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 101.5x127 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soanes Museum

Background imageHook Collection: Atlantic Salmon Fly designs Purple Queen

Atlantic Salmon Fly designs Purple Queen



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"Unveiling the Timeless Artistry of the Hook: From Blacksmith Tools to Firefighter Training" Step back in time to 1875, where skilled blacksmiths meticulously crafted hooks that stood as symbols of strength and craftsmanship. In the depths of South Wales, witness Welsh women road builders fearlessly wielding their tools, shaping landscapes with determination and resilience. As Cid Officers transformed into dockers, they relied on hooks to secure cargo and ensure smooth operations at bustling ports. Delve into the enchanting world of Strigops habroptilus, also known as kakapo - a rare bird species whose beak resembles a hook-like shape. Marvel at its unique beauty. The vibrant plumage of Ara ararauna, or blue-and-yellow macaw, captivates our senses. Its graceful presence reminds us that nature's creations can be just as captivating as any man-made hook. LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters undergo rigorous training at Brigade HQ SE1. Witness their dedication during intense hook ladder practice sessions - a testament to their commitment to saving lives. Embark on an adventure through Hook in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Explore its hidden gems through a sketch map that unravels tales of history and charm. Discover the artistry behind French and English artificial fishing flies - tiny masterpieces designed with precision hooks for avid anglers seeking their next catch. Eyes Of The Fleet gaze upon vast oceans from towering ships' masts equipped with sturdy hooks - guardians ensuring maritime safety amidst treacherous waters. From ancient blacksmiths forging powerful tools to modern-day firefighters honing their skills, the hook has transcended time as an emblem of strength and purpose.