David Harvey

Accredited Guide Number: 63

I began exploring battlefields, castles and other defensive sites as a teenager. These early interests became a lifelong passion in understanding the past through battles as turning points in history and led to membership of the Guild and gaining qualification as an accredited member.

A full career in policing has trained me in a detective’s way to look for corroboration of facts. There’s a saying ‘never let facts get in the way of a good story’, however I believe the truth holds a more revealing narrative than a mere story. Revisiting the accepted course of events is a rewarding way to explore scenes of battle, encouraging discussion about accepted facts.

Graduating from the School of Ancient History and Archaeology, Leicester University in 2012, I have a familiarity with modern archaeological techniques. This enables me to explain how advances in scientific analysis may significantly add insight for battlefield tourists. An example of this has been scrutinising the recent revelations of King Richard III’s battle wounds and reassessing the conduct of the battle of Bosworth through field walking and geophysical surveys.

I have visited and studied a wide range of historical sites across the Mediterranean and Europe from ancient to modern eras. Organising private tours to interesting locations overseas and in the U.K. has become a real pleasure, providing additional research and discrete visits according to client needs.

As a local historian, I am a member of a variety of community based groups with interest in maintaining a living heritage, such as the Rutland Historical Society. My archaeological skills are maintained through field-walking, surveys and excavations with community archaeological teams and Leicester University.

Personal historical interests extend from Roman occupation of Britain through Saxon and Viking settlement to the Norman Conquest. I have particular knowledge of the English Civil War and an understanding of the Wars of the Roses with fresh interpretation of the end of medieval age with the defeat of Richard III.

Battles

Middle AgesWWIBritish Civil WarsWWIIWaterlooNapoleonBattle of the Somme20 C.D-DayPasschendaeleBattle of HalbeYpresOperation Market Garden

Countries

EnglandWalesBelgiumWestern EuropeScotlandCyprusEuropeFranceGermanyGreeceItalyNetherlandsUnited Kingdom

Caters For

Adult Coach GroupsBespoke GroupCollege GroupsIndividualsPilgrimage GroupsSchool GroupsSmall Groups

Areas of Expertise

Areas of expertise:

Archaeological analysis of battlefield sites and remains. Prehistoric, ancient and medieval
methods of defence and attack combined with armour and weaponry employed.

Other specialisms:

Using professional detective and scenes of crime training and experience to;

Review and reassess historical records using modern technological techniques to reappraise
battlefield sites and their extant commentaries

Apply criminological methodology to go beyond ‘the balance of probabilities’ in considering
the events and outcomes of battles.