The Guild of Battlefield Guides was founded in 2001. We are a thriving community of over 300 Members, all supporting each other in the exchange of information, expertise, and knowledge. Our aim is to analyse, develop and raise the understanding and practice and profession of battlefield guiding, and to promote the education of battlefield visitors and students in military history.
Our Members come from all walks of life, all over the world – many of us have a military or academic background – but we all have some things in common: enthusiastic regard for military history and a desire to ensure the wartime sacrifices of past generations are remembered accurately. The Guild’s badge is a symbolic statement about a commitment to high-quality battlefield guiding – we wear it with pride.
The International Guild of Battlefield Guides isn’t a regulatory body, but we do run a high standard Accreditation Programme. Our ‘badged Guides’ have demonstrated their capabilities not just in interpreting the past, but also in offering a professional battlefield tour. We want to promote a shared perception about good practice in battlefield guiding, and all of our Members have opportunities to enhance their skills and share their experiences. Our Associate Members benefit from access to professional development, and the opportunity to develop particular areas of battlefield interest and knowledge.
What do we do?
We elevate the standard and practice of battlefield guiding, we promote the education of battlefield guides and visitors, and we encourage the sharing of our knowledge, experience and values.
the sharing of expertise, knowledge and best practice through talks and events focused on Guiding and Battlefield issues
international links and sharing knowledge and experience with Guides overseas
a weekly email update on current and relevant Guide & Battlefield news
amongst members and to a wider audience interested in battlefields through its Twitter and Facebook accounts
a Guild magazine – Despatches – carrying useful information and articles on Guiding issues, concerns and interests
a community that connects to exchange information, make mutually beneficial links and develop friendships
The Guild is a membership organisation that aims to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone who shares its aims and values. As both an organisation and as individuals we follow the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. This requires that we not treat one person less favourably than another on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
From time to time, some of our Guild Members may offer opinions or reviews of third party products or services. While the Guild supports self-promotion through affiliation, those opinions are personal and do not represent the view of the Guild itself.