MILITARY HISTORY LIVE has been set up by a team of highly knowledgeable military historians, archaeologists, and field experts to run events and tours with a unique perspective on military history. Our approach hinges on our deep and detailed knowledge of the subject, locations, and terrain of the conflict regions we visit, coupled with an immersive participatory experience of strategy, tactics, and combat. Tours range from traditional battlefield exploration to hands-on digging archaeology.
Dr Neil Faulkner, FSA
Research Fellow, University of Bristol
Co-Director, Great Arab Revolt Project
Neil, a leading conflict archaeologist and military historian, works as a writer, editor, lecturer, and occasional broadcaster. He is the editor of Military History Monthly and the author of ten books, including:
Apocalypse: the great Jewish revolt against Rome, AD 66-73; In Search of the Zeppelin War: the archaeology of the First Blitz; Rome: empire of the eagles; and Lawrence of Arabia’s War: the Arabs, the British, and the remaking of the Middle East in World War I. He is currently working on a new book provisionally entitled The First Modern Jihad, 1870-1920. His many TV appearances include Channel 4’s Time Team, BBC2’s Timewatch, and Sky Atlantic’s The British. An active fieldworker, he has directed projects at home and abroad, including the Great Arab Revolt Project between 2006 and 2014, an investigation of the evidence for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’s War’ in the deserts of southern Jordan.
Cait Mercer, MA
Cait is the full time logistics wing of Military History Live. With a degree in History from Oxford and experience as head of both a leading women's magazine and the marketing department of Bulmers Cider, she develops the different projects of MHL and organises all the background administration and travel details. She also edits Patrick's books and his regular articles, including those in Military History Monthly. She has walked over most of the battlefields in Western Europe, including spending her honeymoon in the Crimea!
Patrick Mercer, OBE, MA
A former soldier whose grandfather fought and was wounded at Passchendaele, Patrick is now a full time military historian. Specialising in the campaigns of the British Army, he has written extensively for magazines and journals and published two books on Inkermann in the Crimea. Indeed, it was Patrick's ground breaking visits to study that campaign in the early 1990s that led to much of the new work on the mid-Victorian Army being undertaken. More recently, he's made a particular study of the strategy, tactics and weapons of the First World War, making him ideally qualified jointly to lead this tour. He is also one of the very few current historians who knows what it's like to live and operate from trenches - he's done it for real!
Roger Ward, CPhys, MInstP
Head of Field Survey, Great Arab Revolt Project
Roger is an ex academic scientist, with specific expertise in IT and other related technologies. He is a multi-skilled expert specialising in archaeological metal detecting in conflict landscapes, having a leading role in the Great Arab Revolt Project between 2007 and 2014. Throughout this time he also compiled and edited the blog of the project. He has also worked on similar archaeological programmes in the UK relating to both WWI and WWII.