Battlefield Guiding Winter School 2023

The aim of this course is to give students the knowledge, experience and tools to enable them to develop battlefield guiding competence to a standard where they could attempt International Guild of Battlefield Guides Accreditation. By the end of the course students will have undertaken several battlefield presentations under tour conditions, planned itineraries, developed customer service strategy for common tour problems and have an awareness of the legal and commercial issues facing guides.

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Battlefield Guiding. 7-8 January 2023.
    This is an introduction to the theory and practice of battlefield guiding. It introduces the competence frameworks of the bodies accrediting guides. The course introduces the competences combining knowledge of military history, presentation skills, duty of customer care and business. It is available as a stand-alone module.
  • Module 2 – Distance Learning. 9 January-26 February 2023.
    Progressive written assignments. On completion students will have familiarity with:-
    • The historical method and the historical, topographical, cultural aspects of battlefields.
    • Communication skills and style, what influences the receptivity of information effectively.
    • Motivation for battlefield travel, customer segmentation and behaviour.
    • Battlefield touring business and the commercial and legal aspects of battlefield travel.
  • Customer service skills appropriate to battlefield tour guiding and management.
  • Module 3 – Stand planning and delivery: 4-5 February 2023.
    Opportunities to deliver presentations in rural environments, a museum and around monuments overt two days in South East England
  • Module 4 – On tour 24-26 February 2023
    Two days in France or Belgium. Itinerary planning and execution, stand delivery. Opportunity to plan and deliver tour elements, and presentations overseas.

The course tutor is Frank Baldwin MBA, Accredited Guide badge No 8. Frank Baldwin guided his first battlefield tour in 1989 and was accredited as a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides in 2003. He served as the education member on the council of the Guild of Battlefield Guides for three years.  He has been running guide training courses since 2013 for City Lit Adult Education College, Liberation Route Europe and the public

Comments from students

  • The course content exceeded my expectations. Although quite intense at times, it gave me confidence that I can deliver presentations to an acceptable standard and achieve my ambition to be a good battlefield tour guide.
  • A training course is essential if you want to learn, improve and become a better tour guide. It condenses many years of learning “on the job” sets high standards and gives potential guides the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their presentation styles in a constructive and helpful environment.
  • The training in Ypres and the Somme , very worthwhile and most enjoyable.
  • Thorough and very helpful feedback.


£1,450. This includes

  • Travel and accommodation for a three day two night
  • Some lunch meals
  • Training materials
  • Free post course feedback on presentations

Interested in finding out more or booking a place?

Contact France Baldwin by email or telephone +44 781 317 9668

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