Lawrence Shove

Lawrence Clive Shove (5 November 1923 – 2 April 1995) was a British sound recordist, specialising in field recordings of wildlife.

The "Shove collection of British wildlife" at the National Sound Archive (NSA), part of the British Library comprises 243 reels of his recordings, on magnetic tape.[2] In 1969, Shove was one of the first contributors to the NSA's wildlife collection, and their wildlife recording number 00001 is his 1966 recording of a Eurasian bittern at Hickling Broad, in Norfolk.[2] The NSA acquired his complete collection of wildlife recordings in the mid-1990s.[2]

In 1968, he was described by the BBC as "the only full-time freelance recordist of wildlife sounds in Britain".[3] He was the subject of a BBC television The World About Us episode, screened on 9 April 1972,[4] and appeared on several other BBC television and radio programmes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[5]

In the 1970s and 1980s, he was manager of the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall.

The NSA have put most of Shove's recordings online, and as of November 2013 will extend access as part of a Europeana project.[6]

Lawrence Shove
Lawrence Clive Shove

5 November 1923[1]
British India
Died2 April 1995 (aged 71)
Dunsford, Exeter, England
OccupationSound recordist; Theatre manager
Years active1960s-1980s


  • The Country Sings (1963)

A series of 7", 33⅓ rpm, EPs of Shove's wildlife recordings, with his narration, were published by Discourses as part of the "Shell Nature" series, in conjunction with Shell-Mex and BP Ltd. Featuring liner notes by Jeffery Boswall, these included:[6][7]

  • Sea Birds (DCL 701, 1966; re-released in 1967 in different packaging)
  • Garden And Park Birds (DCL 702, 1966)
  • Woodland Birds (DCL 703, 1966)
  • Estuary Birds (DCL 704, 1967)
  • Field And Open Countryside Birds (DCL 705, 1967)
  • Moor And Heath Birds (DCL 706, 1967)
  • Marsh And Riverside Birds (DCL 707, 1967)
  • Nightingale and Dawn Chorus (DCL 708, 1969)
  • Mountain And Highland Birds (DCL 709, 1969)


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ a b c "Acquisitions 1995-6" (PDF). Wildlife Section Newsletter. tional Sound Archive/ British Library (1): 2. August 1997.
  3. ^ "LOOK". BBC Online. 23 May 1968. p. 19. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ "The World About Us". Radio Times. 6 April 1972. p. 23. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Lawrence+Shove"&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search "Search Results - Lawrence Shove". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b Tipp, Cheryl (2013-11-01). "Europeana Creative: the wildlife recordings of Lawrence Shove". Sound and vision blog. National Sound Archive/ British Library. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  7. ^ Sleeve notes

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Axmouth is a village, civil parish and former manor in the East Devon district of Devon, England, near the mouth of the River Axe. The village itself is about 1 mile (1.6 km) inland, although the parish extends to the sea. The village is near Seaton and Beer which are on the other side of the Axe estuary. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 493.

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre (Cornish: Gwaryjy Minack) is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea (minack from Cornish meynek means a stony or rocky place). The theatre is at Porthcurno, 4 miles (6.4 km) from Land's End in Cornwall, England. The season runs each year from May to September, and by 2012 some 80,000 people a year see a show, and more than 100,000 pay an entrance fee to look around the site. It has appeared in a listing of the world's most spectacular theatres.The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, who moved to Cornwall after the First World War and built a house for herself and her mother on land at Minack Point for £100. Her sister was the feminist dystopian author Katharine Burdekin and her partner lived with them from the 1920s. In 1929, a local village group of players had staged Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a nearby meadow at Crean, repeating the production the next year. They decided that their next production would be The Tempest and Miss Cade offered the garden of her house as a suitable location, as it was beside the sea. Miss Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, made a terrace and rough seating, hauling materials down from the house or up via the winding path from the beach below. In 1932, The Tempest was performed with the sea as a dramatic backdrop, to great success. Miss Cade resolved to improve the theatre, working over the course of the winter months each year throughout her life (with the help of Billy Rawlings and Charles Angove) so that others might perform each summer.In 1944, the theatre was used as a location for the Gainsborough Studios film Love Story, starring Stewart Granger and Margaret Lockwood but inclement weather forced them to retreat to a studio mock-up. In 1955, the first dressing rooms were built. In the 1970s, the theatre was managed by Lawrence Shove. Since 1976 the theatre has been registered as a Charitable Trust and is now run by a local management team. Rowena Cade died on 26 March 1983, at the age of 89.

Minack theatre currently is used from Easter to September for a full summer season of 20 plays, produced by companies from all over the UK and visiting companies from the US. The theatre is open for visitors throughout the rest of the year. The 75th anniversary of Minack was celebrated with a production of The Tempest in August 2007, directed by Simon Taylor and performed by the Winchester College Players.


Shove may refer to:

Fredegond Shove (1889–1949), English poet

Gerald Shove (1887–1947), British economist

Lawrence Shove (flourished 1960s/1970s), English wildlife sound recordist

Ralph Shove (1889–1966), British County Court judge, rower who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics

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