Historic Tours

The principal of Barnes Insight, Duncan Barnes, is an accredited battlefield tour guide and holds badge 43 of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Duncan completed an MA in Modern History in 2000 under the supervision of Professor Gary Sheffield, then at RMA Sandhurst. His dissertation evaluated the demographic, social and economic impact of the Great War on West Flanders. His research included the collation of written and oral histories of the inhabitants of Ypres and Poperinge during the Great War and the examination of archival records in Belgium.

As well as guiding tours to the Somme, Vimy, Arras, Ypres, Normandy, Arnhem and Berlin, Duncan has taken visitors on less frequently visited battlefields including Verdun, Liege, Metz , the Ijzer, St Mihiel, the Vosges, Sedan, the Maginot Line, Eben Emael, the Ardennes and the Rhine Crossing. He also conducts tours of sites of fortification, and of medieval social and economic history.

In addition to well-researched battlefield presentations, Duncan’s tours always provide visitors with an understanding of the non-combatant’s perspective, and of the wider impact of conflict. They also contain insights into the natural history of battlefields!

Duncan provides guiding services for adults, university and school groups.


Just a quick note to say thanks and that all went very very well. Great organisation and Duncan [Guide from the Guild of Battlefield tour Guides] was a God send! We will definitely book again for next year and there will be other trips as well. So again thanks very much!! Anonymous