Julian Humphrys

British military history expert
Julian read History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and spent 12 years at Chelsea’s National Army Museum
After reading History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and completing a postgraduate course at the Polytechnic of North London, Julian spent 12 years at Chelsea’s National Army Museum, setting up special exhibitions including its acclaimed Road to Waterloo Gallery, liaising with the British Army and acting as spokesman to the media on all matters of military history.

He has acted as a historical expert on a number of TV programmes, including the recent Channel Five Select series on British battlefields, has featured a number of times on BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings Series and made three expeditions to Bosnia during the Civil War to record the British Army’s activities there.

A qualified blue-badge guide, Julian set up and led English Heritage’s Battlefield hikes programme and in 2009 was appointed Development Officer of the Battlefields Trust, the UK Charity dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Britain’s historic battlefields.

Julian leads three tours for Promenades Travel. They include English Civil War tours from Oxford and Bath, discovering the people, politics and brutal battlefields from this incredible period in English history. He also heads our Wars of the Roses in the North of England tour, based in York. 

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He lectures and write on many aspects of British history – he is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and History Revealed Magazine and his published books include The Private Life of Palaces (for Historic Royal Palaces), Clash of Arms: Twelve English Battles, and Enemies at the Gate: English Castles under Siege (both for English Heritage).