Battlefield Tourism and Heritage

1914  - 21-22 NOVEMBER 2013


There is an opportunity to be trained as a battlefield guide on the Battle of the Marne 1914.  This short course takes place between  20-22 November 2013 and based on Meaux Siene et Marne France. The training will be based on the competences of the
Guild of Battlefield Guides. 


The area is being promoted by the French Tourist
authorities as the closest battlefields to the national museum at  Meaux, just outside Paris.  It is a chance to learn something of the battles and the people who fought for Paris in 1914 and changed the course of the War.   There are stories of British, French and German participants.


This is also a chance to see how battlefield guiding and touring fits within France's strategy for battlefield tourism and to make contact with French organisations in the Marne area. 

The Battles of the Marne 

The First Battle of the Marne marked the end of the German sweep into France and the beginning of the trench warfare that was to characterise World War One.  A month into the First World War, the German Schlieffen plan seemed to be working, until over a ten day period the Germans were halted in the Marne valley, Counter-attacked by fresh troops from Paris and forced to retreat in an advance led by the British Expeditionary force. 

In 1918 the River Marne was the high point of the German attack, and stopped with the intervention of the American Expeditionary Force.  

More about the battle of the Marne on The Observation Post 

What is Included?


We will cover the following:-

  • An introduction to Battlefield Guiding
  • Applying the military history, presentation and duty of care knowledge and skills expected of a competent guide. 
  • Interpreting and presenting Greta War Battlefioelds. 
  • 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:

  • Lead a battlefield tour to the battlefield sites of the Marne 1914  
  • Discuss options for using the Meaux musuem with different audiences. 
  • Discuss State the  key competences of the Guild of Battlefield Guides’ validation programme and the standards of competences needed.
  • 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 intended for someone seeking to gain battlefield guiding experience or a guide seeking to learn about the battlefields of the Marne. .

Outline Programme 


The outline programme includes the following:-

  • Preliminary briefing and preparation

  • Course materials

  • A visit to the Museum Grande Guerre at Meaux

  • One day of battlefield touring covering some
    of the main locations associated with the battle of the Marne in 1914

  • An opportunity to practice delivering presentations on battlefield locations

  • Return travel from London via Eurostar to Marne le Vallee from London St Pancras departing 10.15 on 20th Nov returning 19.45 21st Nov

  • Overnight accommodation 21st November in a 4/5 * hotel.

  • Briefings from the French Tourist Authorities.

  • All meals from  lunch 20th  Nov to
    lunch 21st included.

How to Book a Place

The cost of the training package is £145 per

person. If you are interested in attending contact me via