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Season’s Greetings

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Season’s Greetings to all our customers, associates and friends. Wishing you an exciting and prosperous new year! The Stockyard team.

Hospital props from Mr Selfridge

New hospital and medical props in

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Feeling under the weather? We are pleased to inform our clients that we have recently acquired enough period medical props to fill a 25 bed ward. Come and have a look, during visiting hours!

Reception area now featuring Mr Selfridge display

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Reception area now featuring Mr Selfridge display
We have had a bit of a tidy-up in our reception area and created some displays of the wonderful items used to dress the Mr Selfridge series on ITV. These are all for hire too so why not pop in and see them first hand?

RDW Scenery

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
RDW Scenery
RDW have had a busy year – have a look at some of their recent creations, click here.

Weird Science

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Weird Science
We have received more scientific equipment to compliment our extensive collection. You could create a crazy laboratory full of period gear or maybe fit out a retro spacecraft set…. You really need to visit this section in person to see everything we have!      

Mr Selfridge props now in

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mr Selfridge props now in
We are delighted to now be able to offer props from the acclaimed Mr Selfridge TV series. These are actual props from the sets and includes many shop display items and counters, seating and the gorgeous art deco family fireplace. To see more images see this post on ...

Signs of the times

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Signs of the times
More street signs just in including some super cool Russian examples like this Optician’s sign:   – or how about this  estate agent board: Explore all our signs….  

Read All About It!

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Evening Standard Newspaper Stand
We have recently added lots of new UK Street Dressing props to our website. We can hire you anything from newspaper stands aplenty to an ice cream vendor trolley! Have a browse and create your very own street setting.    

Links and Freebies – May

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Links and Freebies - May
Whilst using a professional props supplier is a very key part of your work as a props master, there is, of course, a large amount of making, mending and restyling that needs to be done. Here at Stockyard Props, we know the pressures that props professionals face every ...

Harry Potter Set Tour

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Harry Potter
Warner Brothers filmed the Harry Potter films over a ten-year period at the Levensden Studios, in the UK. They filmed 8 movies in total, which required a vast number of props and workshops. Today, those studios have been turned into a very popular tourist attraction, ...

Prop Switches That Only Film Nerds Spot

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Prop Switches That Only Film Nerds Spot
We all know how much films cost to make, and unless you’re George Lucas, you always need to keep an eye on the budget. Often it is the Props Department that gets squeezed, as Producers know what an inventive and creative bunch they employ. In true Prop master style, ...

Research Resources – 1920s

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Research Resources – 1920s
Very much the springboard decade for interior design, the Roaring Twenties saw style and lavish decadence reach its height. The motifs included sophisticated Hollywood inspired glamour, nature imagery, accents from Egypt, Africa and the Orient inspired by the new craze ...

Four Abandoned Movie Sets

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Star Wars
This month we look at abandoned movies sets, some of which you can still visit. If you are a set designer, or just a movie nerd, you might like to look behind the scenes of some of these sites. Star Wars All but one of the six Star Wars movies had location shoots in ...

HOW TO Make Fake Alcoholic Drinks

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fake Drinks
This month our ‘How To’ article looks at how to make convincing fake drinks for your performers. We supply all kinds of vessels for a production that needs to feature food or bar scenes, whether that be period or modern. But how do you make a convincing alcoholic ...

Period Drama Focus – The Crimson Field

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Period Drama Focus - The Crimson Field
This month we focus on research and set design. Research is a large part of any Prop Master or set designers’ job, and this is particularly true when a production is set in the past. Period dramas on the BBC have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, and their ...

The Royal Opera House – Famous Props Departments

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Royal Opera House
At The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the responsibility for running and managing the props department falls on the shoulders of Antony Barnett, who recently discussed his work with The Gramophone Magazine. Barnett’s responsibilities are wide reaching and include ...

Period Drama Focus – Jamaica Inn

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Period Drama Focus - Jamaica Inn
More period drama news from the BBC this week. Controller Charlotte Moore and drama controller Ben Stephenson, have just commissioned new productions of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls. Filming is already underway. All ...

Research Resources: Style File – Sixties

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Research Resources: Style File – Sixties
If the 1950s were heavily influenced by America, then the 1960s could best be described as the decade of Swinging London. London became the centre of the fashion, design and cultural world. Towards the end of the 60s the hippies gave the world flower power, free love ...

Research Resources: Style File – Fifties

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Research Resources: Style File – Fifties
Following the devastation of the Second World War, Britain in the 1950s saw a period of rapid change and regeneration. It is known as the age of the consumer, when the old was replaced with the new. A sense of vitality and optimism was reflected in design, with new, ...

Great Props Heists

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Great Props Heists
Everybody loves the movies and for many years now there has been a thriving and extremely valuable market for film related memorabilia and franchised products.  For some people though, such items are just not enough. Their quarry is items that have actually appeared in ...

Drama Focus – Mother Courage at the National Theatre

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mother Courage
Art is not a mirror with which to reflect reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’ Bertolt Brecht Today we look at a production of Bertold Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children, which was performed at the National Theatre in 2009. The story is broadly a ...

Steampunk Set Dressing

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Steampunk Set Dressing
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, and as a style it is becoming more visible in theatre and movie productions in recent years. Think Mad Max meets Jules Verne, HG Wells and Mary Shelley. 19th-century scientific fiction is a heavy influence, and the style is ...


| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Airplane Film
Dr Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital. Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it? Dr Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now. ...

Five Movie Prop Disasters

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
movie prop disasters
Props can be dangerous. Never underestimate the care needed when moving and preparing props for your productions. Here are some unfortunate accidents that have happened on movie sets, involving props and scenery. The Jumper (2008) Sci-Fi thriller The Jumper, starring ...

Ship Props and Sea Props – All At Sea

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ship Props at Sea
The sea has provided filmmakers with a wealth of inspiration. Let’s look at two blockbuster movies that have captured the public’s imagination, and consider the ways in which Stockyard Props can help you dress a nautical film, play or TV set. We have a huge array of ...

Mind The Gap!

| March 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Murder on the Orient Express Quad
How many films or dramas can you think of that are set on trains? We came up with twelve, but there must be many more. Here we look at some train-based dramas, which required period and modern dressings. Murder On The Orient Express (1974) Trains featured in films ...

So You Want To Work With Props?

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Working with props
Here at Stockyard we get lots of enquiries from students who want to know what is the best route in to the props business. We thought it might be useful to post our advice for school leavers and others thinking about joining the industry. What does working with props ...

Staging a Shakespeare Play

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
“Can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt?” These lines from the Prologue in Shakespeare’s Henry V, encapsulate the challenges faced by set designers and props ...

Top Five Most Expensive Film Props

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber
Ever wondered what happens to famous movie props? The answer, not surprisingly, is that they’re sold off, often for eye-wateringly high sums. Here are the five most expensive movie props ever sold. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger – £2.5 million ...

How To Set Up a Period Street Scene

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
1950s nurse
One of the most common requests we get here at Stockyard is for street scene dressing. We have hundreds of props available to help you dress your set. Both modern and period street scenes require the same key things – authenticity and detail. Let’s look at some of ...

The Theatre of War

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Film, TV and theatre productions often call for specialist items to dress a wartime scene. Find out which items we have to help you dress your performance space. WWII Bear in mind that dressing a scene for a WWII wartime production is not just about military equipment. ...

Downton Abbey – Period Perfection

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Downton Abbey
The nation is obsessed with Downton Abbey, with the 5th series now in production. Undoubtedly, part of the delight of the drama is the meticulous attention to detail with which each scene is set. Downton shows period detailing at its best. Here are some of the props ...

Sign Of The Times – How To Use Period Signage Props

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
period signage
One of the quickest and easiest ways of creating a sense of place on stage, is through the use of period signage. If you are on a limited budget, signs can effectively provide a shortcut to period atmosphere, without breaking the bank. A simple cobbled street can be ...

Bang To Rights, Guv! Police and Crime Drama

| January 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Police and crime props
The Bill may not be on our screens anymore, but there are no shortage of police and crime dramas to take its place. Here we look at a number of crime dramas, and how the props departments of a production company go about setting a scene. Period Detective – Ripper ...

Elementary! Props for Sherlock

| January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sherlock Props
‘Sherlock’ has been a tearaway success for the BBC this season. Sassy, post-modern and fiendishly complex, it has everything a modern TV drama needs. The strength of the script and performances is underpinned by meticulous prop choices and placement. Have you ...

Time Please! Props for your own Queen Vic Pub

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Old Pub Props
Pubs lend themselves perfectly to any kind of human drama and, as in the case of EastEnders, action can centre entirely around the interactions that take place in an around the local public house. The ‘local’ is the communication hub, the centre of gossip, the warm ...

Prop Till You Drop – Where We Find Our Props

| January 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Looking for and finding props sounds like a simple enough task. But it takes time and patience, not to mention a great deal of storage space. It is something you can do yourself if you are in need of low cost simple props for an amateur production. Here are some of the ...

Change of Scenery – Using Backdrops

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Backdrops are one of the most powerful tools in the set designer’s armoury. With a backdrop you can transport your audience into another world, with one simple hire. The need for extra props is diminished, and your production accountant is satisfied. At The Stockyard, ...

Call The Midwife – Fifties Medical Props

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
1950s nurse
One of the BBC’s most popular dramas uses specialist period medical equipment to great effect. The BBC props department really went the extra mile to achieve authenticity. Costume Call The Midwife is set in London’s Docklands, long before it became a magnet for ...

This Season’s Ghost Stories – Go Gothic

| January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Go Gothic
Christmas 2013 saw the return of the classic ghost story. The BBC began the resurgence in 2005, when they resurrected the original ‘”A Ghost Story for Christmas”, drama series which began back in 1971, and fell out of popularity by 1978. Following the ...

Grave Yard Props

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Grave Yard Props
At Stockyard we have a very large Graveyard section, home to hundreds of tomb stones heads, piles of bones, and other creepy props! If your looking to create a mood of the dead, head this way!

We have over 40,000 square feet of props!!

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Working with props
At Stockyard we have some very unique props, including our life sized polar bear! Come in and browse our expansive warehouses, we should have just what you need, and let your search end here!

New Medical Posters to add to Stockyard’s collection!

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
New Medical Posters to add to Stockyard's collection!
  New medical posters just in to add to our expanding medical section. Nicely aged with wooden rails at top and bottom to hang and weigh down.

Buckingham Palace’s Sentry Boxes

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Buckingham Palace's Sentry Boxes
Stockyard currently house exact replicas of Buckingham Palace’s sentry boxes! If you are going for an aristocratic theme then come and have a peek! Here are some images of the real deal in action.

RDW’s Atlantis Set!

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stockyard’s sister company RDW Scenery has been involved with some exciting new projects! Most recently they constructed the set for the BBC production ‘ATLANTIS,’ a British fantasy adventure drama! Inspired by mythological stories, the set was ...

Stockyard Props is Home to the Biggest Collection of Backdrops in Europe!

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stockyard Props is Home to the Biggest Collection of Backdrops in Europe!
Stockyard has the largest collection of backdrops in Europe! All housed in our Park Royal Warehouses, we have over 1,300! They range from pretty garden scenes and exotic dessert landscapes, to Parisian Cafes and stylized theatre backdrops. We have an incredible ...

Stockyard is Currently Working Hard in Istanbul!

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stockyard is Currently Working Hard in Istanbul!
Stockyard has recently been working over in Istanbul, building sets across the globe!

Stockyards fourth expansion in four years

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Stockyards fourth expansion in four years
At Stockyard we are actively trying to expand our business to help the Designers and buyers to complete their projects, As a Designer who has worked in the industry for 40+ years, I am very conscious of the need of a company that supplies the scenery and props that we ...

Come and Check out our Beautiful Range of Antique Bottles

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Come and Check out our Beautiful Range of Antique Bottles
We have a vast new selection of antique bottles in our ‘medical’ section. They range from lovely little glass medicine bottles to old scientific lab style bottles. Come and have a look!

New ‘Medical’ Props Just In

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
New 'Medical' Props Just In
We have developed and expanded our existing collection with some ex ‘Laurens and Larsens’ stock, pop in and have a browse!

Welcome to the new Stockyard website!

| April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
Welcome to the new Stockyard website!
Another example of some of the new stock we have in!