Battlefield Tourism and Heritage

Battlefield Guide Training 

There are few places where someone can learn how to become a better battlefield guide. The Guild of Battlefield Guides will validate competences, but does not train guides.  These courses have been developed by an experience battlefield guide, who has served as Education member of council for the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Introduction to Battlefield Guiding

The Introduction to Battlefield Guiding Course lasts for two days and is an introduction to the theory and practice of battlefield guiding. It is based on the competences of the Guild of Battlefield Guides validation programme, combining knowledge of military history, presentation skills and the duty of customer care. It is a taster for anyone seeking to lead walks or tours and wishing to plan a personal development programme.

This course covers the following topics:-

  • An introduction to battlefield guiding
  • The military history knowledge, presentation skills and duty of care skills and knowledge expected of a competent battlefield guide 
  • Legal obligations
  • Working as a guide
  • Developing a personal learning programme towards the Guild Badge.

The course is based on the helping students to identify their goals, understand the reality of the standard needed, identify the options they have to achieve these and make a personal development Plan.

Summary feedback from students attending this course:-

100% : that the course would help them find work.
90% : new knowledge and skills
90% : would help them to progress to the next stage.
90% : greater creative and intellectual fulfilment
80% : increased self confidence.

More on this course here

Field Training Courses

Follow on training courses take place on battlefields in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. These offer an opportunity to develop guiding skills and expert knowledge on the topography and local knowledge of battlefields.

Look out for dates of courses covering a range of destinations:  

  • Ypres Salient
  • The Somme
  • Arras and Cambrai
  • Battle of the Marne 
  • Battle of the Aisne
  • Battles of 1918
  • D Day Beaches
  • Wars of the Roses
If you are interested in training to cover a particular destination or theme please email me at frank@frankbaldwin.co.uk