Stephen Barker

Heritage Adviser,  specialising in consultancy for those applying to fund projects with military history themes. Public speaker.



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My interest lies in promoting people’s understanding of their military heritage, making the past interesting, relevant and exciting for a variety of different audiences. By working closely with clients and listening to their particular needs, I apply for and run projects with the exciting outcomes demanded. I specialise in work relating to the First World War and British Civil Wars.

I have run succesful projects for the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire, Banbury Museum and the Battlefields Trust. I make funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Arts Council England (ACE). If you would like to know more about making an application for your project, do get in touch.

I have fourteen years experience in the heritage sector, working  with museums, universities, charities and other organisations. I have run a number of projects, making succesful applications for funding, curating exhibitions and providing strategic leadership and direction.

I am an Arts Council Accreditation Mentor, a Trustee of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust and a board member of the Fete Day Company.  I ran the Education Service at Banbury Museum for many years following twenty years in Education.

SPEAKING: Presentations

I make over thirty presentations a year for local history societies, universities and military heritage groups.  Here are some of the new themes:

'Saints, Sinners and Soldiers: Oxfordshire characters from       the  British Civil Wars'

Oxfordshire played a significant part in the First Civil War – Oxford became the Royalist capital in late 1642 and the county was on the frontline with parliamentary Buckinghamshire.

‘Oxfordshire during the Second World War’

In time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Oxf and Bucks Light Infantry attack on Pegasus Bridge during D-Day in 1944, this fully illustrated talk looks at the impact on, and connections to Oxfordshire during the Second World War.


‘Five RAF Indian Pilots of the Great War' 

In November 1916, The Royal Flying Corps began an experiment to recruit for the first time Indians resident in Britain. Prior to that, men such as these were unable to enlist owing to a 'colour-bar'. Why was there a change of policy and what would be the experiences of these five men?

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