'A Hundred Years of Battlefield Tourism'
Going Back: Pilgrimages on the Western Front
Even before the Great War had formally ended, visitors had begun to visit the trench lines of the Western Front and a booming tourist trade had started to develop. Battlefield Guide Tim Lynch looks back at 100 years of tourism and commemoration and what it is that continues to draw many thousands of people to the sites today.
Tim Lynch does have a proper grown up job but spends part of his working week messing about as a freelance military historian and battlefield tour guide specialising in WW1 and 2. Much of his time is spent leading schools trips to Belgium and France and he has a particular interest in how commemoration of the war has changed over time. In 2018 he led a group as part of the Royal British Legion’s commemoration of the Great Pilgrimage to Ypres and this was the prompt to developing the talk.
Speaker this month -- Tim Lynch