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The Guild Of Battlefield Guides Membership Benefits

The International Guild of Battlefield Guides offers members a number of benefits


You’ll be part of the only organisation in the world that’s specifically devoted to furthering the understanding and practice of battlefield guiding.

You’ll be invited to take part in our unique Accreditation Programme. Our ‘badged guides’ use a publicly recognised qualification, set at a high academic level, purposely designed for this highly specialised profession.

As an Accredited Member, you’ll be entitled to wear a recognisable badge – one that marks you out as a tested and skilled battlefield guide, associating you with a hallmark of credibility and professionalism.

You’ll be part of an professional organisation –recognised as a Member of the Guild, subscribing to the standards and ethics we set out in our Code of Conduct.


You’ll have opportunities to hone your professional skills, both through the validation process and by coming to events that are aimed at developing and improving performance.

You’ll be part of a professional membership organisation that thrives on its Members’ enthusiasm – extending knowledge, comparing interpretations, discussing standards and sharing practical advice. 

You’ll receive a range of news about battlefield interpretations, research, archaeology, experiences, travel conditions, guiding practice and more through weekly email updates and via our Guild magazine, “Despatches”

You’ll be invited to take part in a programme of activities and events that include battlefield recces, an annual Conference and dinner, and focussed get-togethers for Members.

Subject to the regulations in force, you’ll be able to apply for an ETOA guide ID card via the Guild’s own membership. This card entitles free admission to many sites and provides free guiding-related legal advice. The ETOA website is also a treasure-trove of up to date travel information.

You’ll have access to a range of negotiated discounts on battlefield-related goods and services, such as books and maps, clothing, and parking charges.

You’ll be invited to apply for cover under our centrally negotiated Public Liability insurance policy. We believe this offers high quality cover at a cost that’s significantly lower than Members might arrange individually.


Whenever we get questions about battlefield tours and battlefield guiding, we pass these enquiries on to our Accredited Members.

As a Guild Member, you can use the Guild’s symbols on your individual promotional and marketing materials. We have official Guidelines on using Guild Symbols, which explain how and where the symbols may be used.

And as a ‘badged Guide’ – an Accredited Member – you’ll be eligible to post a profile on our public access pages, promoting the kinds of tour and services you offer. Our Accredited Members do get enquiries for work from these pages


You’ll be invited to meet fellow Members and the Guild Partners socially, putting faces to names, building up your contacts.

Many of our Members will testify to the fact you’ll make invaluable friendships – building a professional and social network with like-minded people who share your interests; people and to whom you can turn for advice and help with projects or ventures.