‘Moving the classroom to the trenches’

Last updated: Dec 2nd, 2021

Rewind two years and Brighton Hill Community School embarked on their truly memorable history trip to the Belgian battlefields. Accompanied by two Rayburn History Tour Guides, Trevor and Richard, history was brought to life in a whole new way for students and teachers alike.

From the outset, Trevor and Richard made sure that it was a hands-on experience for the young historians, getting them involved with reading headstones, interacting with old weapons and modelling WWI’s finest attire. They made sure the students were fully involved and engaged, helping to make things more tangible and keeping everyone focused.

Having a History Tour Guide offered so much more than just moving the classroom and having a new teacher for the weekend. The guides brought a level of passion and knowledge that made it more than just reciting information, but about passing on real life experiences that stayed with students even after the trip.

But it wasn’t just the excursions that Trevor (or Uncle Trevor as the pupils called him) and Richard were there to help with. They went above and beyond for the group, doing all of those things that make life on tour so much easier. They knew the area and the people like the backs of their hand. And getting sorted in restaurants and navigating French roadworks seemed as if it was just part of their makeup.

The guides’ friendly faces took a huge stress off the teachers on tour. It meant they could focus on their primary job for the trip – looking after the students – whilst also learning themselves and absorbing the invaluable information.


“We might be able to talk about the Battle of the Somme, but there’s no way we would be able to point out the tree line where the tanks came over, or exactly where the gas attack took place.”

Ms Humphreys, Brighton Hill Community School


Putting the educational aspect to one side, not only did they become an integral part of the tour, but with swarms of kids wanting photos with Trevor and Richard as a memento; the chants being made up for them on the coach; and the tears falling from some of their eyes when they had to leave, it’s clear that these guides became their friend and someone that they really admire and look up to.

History Tour Guides will enhance any of our history tours, not just those travelling to the Western Front. Find out more about our history tour guides or take a look at our range of fantastic destinations for your next History Trip.


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