Stephen Barker

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust
Stephen Barker is an independent military historian and museum education specialist. Currently Learning and Participation Manager for 'Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust', he is responsible for the learning opportunities presented by the 'Children and War' exhibition. Stephen was a trustee of the Battlefields Trust for several years, working particularly on its Educational materials. In 2004, he led a successful HLF bid to establish a Battlefield Trail and archaeological survey of the Edgehill battlefield with Dr Glenn Foard. Stephen gives talks about the Civil War in Oxfordshire to local history societies. In 2009, he published 'Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes' - a history of the 8th East Lancs in the Great War. In 2006, Stephen was appointed Education Officer at Banbury Museum and recently completed his MA in Museum Studies at Leicester University.

Tactics and Training – Arras 1917

There had been much tactical experimentation undertaken by the British Army during the Somme battles in the latter half of 1916. In addition, contemporary Divisional, Corps and Army files held at the National Archives, Kew reveal the extent of GHQ’s … Continue reading

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‘War Horse’ at Monchy-le-Preux – 11 April 1917

Monchy-le-Preux was one of the keys to the northern end of the Hindenburg Line, giving the Germans ideal observation over any advance from the British trenches in front of Arras five miles away. Third Army’s commander, General Sir Edmund Allenby, … Continue reading

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