Battlefield Tourism and Heritage

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.

 

What is the course about?


The course is an introduction to the skills of battlefield guiding. It is aimed it people considering developing their skills either as a volunteer or a professional or for a professional tour guide seeking to extend their expertise to cover battlefields. The course is based on the competences of the International Guild of Battlefield Guide.(GBG) the trade body which assesses and awards its Badge to guides which demonstrate their competence through the Guild Validation programme. The course is intended to give students a start in developing the skills and competences to become battlefield guide.


What topics will we cover?

 

We will cover the following:-

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the obligations on the guide in providing a battlefield tour.
  • State the  key competences of the Guild of Battlefield Guides’ validation programme and the standards of competences needed.
  • Carry out your own simple self assessment of personal training needs.
  • Plan you own personal development programme towards achieving the standards expected of a competent guide.

 

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?


The course is set at the level of an intelligent lay-person with an interest in military history. Participants will need to have a general knowledge of military history.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The instruction will be in the form of tutor presentations, class and group discussions, and interactive exercises. There will be homework and a practical assignment between the first and second day. Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver short presentations.

What have others said about the course?

“Excellent Course”

“Could not be improved”

“Practical focus, linked to personal opportunities and encouraged further study and involvement”

“ A good balance of relevant subjects”

“The content was wider and in greater depth than I had expected”

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 fuilfillment 

 80%  : increased self confidence.

 

When and where is the Next Course?

 

We are currently scheduling more courses to be run around the country. If you are interested in attending more  please contact me via email.

frank@frankbaldwin.co.uk