20 November 2019 19:30
Peter Barton is a well known historian and prolific writer on First World War matters, but perhaps best known as a film-maker and broadcaster, producing and presenting revealing historical documentaries for television and festivals.
From 2002 to 2013, he was secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. He works as a consultant with the French and Belgian institutes of Archaeology advising on First World War excavations planned and in progress, and has himself instigated several unique archaeological excavations on the Western Front, including the Vampir Dugout project in 2007, the quest for the Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector in 2010, and a four-year project at La Boisselle, Somme.
In the past he has organised reunions for First World War veterans, both in the UK and in France and Belgium. He instigated and designed the DCLI memorial unveiled by Harry Patch near Langemarck, Belgium in 2008, and also the Tunnellers’ Memorial in Givenchy, France (2010). He was historian for the Fromelles mass-grave project, where the remains of over 250 allied soldiers were recovered and reburied in a new cemetery.
Last time Peter talked to us we had a record audience, this time we must take a smaller room so early booking is essential to ensure you have a seat.