The Imperial War Museum is especially interesting to children, and recently I have been requested to show small groups of 10-12 year olds around. Not everyone that you meet in London is a rock star, but Uriah Heep founder and guitarist Mick Box kindly wrote in this blog ‘it really was inspiring to have Mike show us around (the Imperial War Museum), and he kept (my 11 year old son)’s interest the whole time we were there, which was just about 2 1/2 hours, and he learnt so much.’
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. I can take your group on a First World War commemorative walk around Central London, showing you the buildings where some momentous decisions were made, memorials to long forgotten units and the scars of a 1917 attack on the citizens of London.
Almost one million citizens of Britain and its empire lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. Throughout London are scattered memorials to these men and women, from the famous such as the Cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to diminutive, forgotten ones in a quiet corner of a small church. I’ll explain the stories behind them all. If you are interested in a particular person or unit - famous or otherwise - let me know in advance and I’m happy to carry out a little research to make our tour more relevant.
Many churches, public buildings and workplaces have memorials to those killed in World War One. I can research these for you and try and tell the stories behind the men and women on them. I have twenty years’ experience of research on the Western Front and access to a number of databases and reference works that may help to tell the stories of the real people behind the names.
The Imperial War Museum will open its brand new World War One Galleries in summer 2014 and I can take you around, and explain the stories behind the exhibits.