The History Behind the History Tour Guide
Known as Trev, to say he’s lived through the many strands of history wouldn’t do justice to the experiences, the stories, the snapshots, the raw feeling, and the connections to so many people, places and moments in time he has.
’37 and half years in the RAF and wherever I was stationed I always took an interest in the historical sites there.’
Trevor Booker, History Tour Guide
With a focus on the events of WW1, WW2 and the Cold War (he lived and worked in the German capital before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall) his knowledge database and recall of poignant moments and shocking acts in those historical areas is second to none.
A member of the international Guild of Battlefield Guides since 2002, he’s toured extensively for the past 20 years for a variety of tour operators (one being Rayburn) as well to constantly update and refine his historical knowledge.
How it all started…
With such a tremendous amount to dive into, it’s best to start at the beginning, where his passion for history is clearly and visually so apparent.
Joining the RAF in 1961, he’d go on to serve for a HUGE 37 years, seeing sites and battlefields across the world. But it was when he served in the Middle East in the 60’s that he began developing his researching skills and honed his history toolkit by visiting battlefields and historical sites – which he continued throughout his career, the places he visited and the areas he was stationed.
Meaning for a large part of his career, he was developing his talents in absorbing moments in history to be able to tell the next generation, so they can be educated and engaged and ultimately, learn lessons from the mistakes of the past.