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Members of The International Guild of Battlefield Guides

Find out about our history, work, and aims

The Guild of Battlefield Guides was founded in 2001 to analyse, develop and raise the understanding and practice of battlefield guiding. It provides an environment in which to meet fellow guides and historians to share information, expertise and knowledge on issues affecting the battlefield guiding community.

Members wearing the Guild badge make a symbolic, public statement regarding high quality delivery and expertise in battlefield guiding. They come from all walks of life but have one thing in common – their love of military history and a desire to ensure that the sacrifices of past generations in war are not forgotten.

The Guild is not a regulatory body and does not seek to restrict or decry the practices, commercial or otherwise of others. What we set out to do is establish a shared perception of the nature of battlefield guiding, good practice in order to help members to enhance their skills and share experiences.

Becoming an Associate Member will open the door to professional development, insights into new approaches to battlefield touring and the opportunity to develop particular areas of battlefield interest and knowledge.

Through its comprehensive Validation Programme the Guild also gives guides, whatever their level of experience, the opportunity to prove they can meet exacting professional standards and become an Accredited Guide.

The Guild works across a number of areas:


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

Spreading information

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


comradeship amongst the guiding fraternity by setting up opportunities to meet other guides, exchange information, make mutually beneficial links and develop friendships