My presentations highlight local themes and include personal testimony, anecdotes and stories. Use is made of archeology, contemporary and modern images, maps, photographs, artefacts and memoirs.

The cost of each presentation is £70, travel expenses included within 100 miles of Buckingham.

I provide biographical information, a relevent image and details about each presentation.

Above all, I look to make the presentations enjoyable and interesting, taking into account the audience to whom I'm talking!

First World War Presentations

'Hardit Singh Malik - The Flying Sikh'

The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on the Somme 1916'

'Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18'

‘Armistice 1918 and After: Some Local Perspectives’

'The Indian Army during the First World War: An Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry Perspective’

'Nobody's Heroes: 8th East Lancs at War 1914-18'

Second World War Presentations

'Oxfordshire  in the Second World War'

British Civil War Presentations

‘The Battle of Cropredy Bridge and the Oxford Campaign 1644'

'Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War 1642-6’

‘The City of Oxford during the Civil War 1642-46’

'The Battle of Edgehill 1642'

'The Battle of Naseby 1645'

'Buckinghamshire in the Civil War 1642-6'

‘Oxfordshire’s Military Heritage - 43AD to the present day’

'Oxfordshire in the British Civil Wars 1642-51'

New presentations:

‘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. The talk evaluates the ‘home front’ and also significant events in which Oxfordshire people involved abroad. Amongst many other things, it touches on evacuation, POWs, airfields, refugees, everyday life, rationing, war work, as well as the evacuation of Dunkirk, Arnhem and the Liberation of Bergen Belsen.

‘Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War 1642-6’

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. This participation has left a legacy of wonderful stories and fascinating characters, many associated with local Oxfordshire communities. The talk is fully illustrated, is replete with anecdotes, character studies and tales of daring do!

‘Hardit Singh Malik - the Flying Sikh’

From his arrival in the UK alone in 1912 as a fourteen year old, to Balliol College, Oxford and into the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, Hardit Singh Malik lived an extraordinary life, often in the face of great adversity, yet always with with charm and good humour. He played cricket for Sussex and was an Oxford blue in golf, playing with the Prince of Wales.

 He rose to become the Indian Ambassador to France after a long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil service, yet always maintained strong bonds with Great Britain. Yet it is as a fighter pilot during 1917-19 that he is best known, coming up against the Red Baron and the British military establishment. This illustrated presentation lasts for 50 minutes and includes several film clips. 

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Stephen Barker

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