Andy Robertshaw can make the past come alive for audiences of all ages and in different settings. He has extensive broadcasting experience from television to films and is the author of several books on the First World War and trench warfare. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject is boundless and with a background in education and museums, he has the skills to illustrate the reality and horror of warfare for the ordinary soldier. He is currently in the process of creating a replica trench which will open for business in the spring of 2017. This will be an ideal venue for school trips and has already been used by the BBC for filming. In this centenary period, he is particularly keen to explain the relevance and impact of the First World War to young and old alike in a range of venues, including leading battlefield tours abroad. He runs a popular programme of lectures for schools in which he engages with the students to give them an insight into trench life. He can bring along an array of WW1 artefacts including uniforms and gas masks to make the event fully interactive. His talks are an ideal addition to any school’s GCSE programme or history enrichment days.
Andy was lead historical consultant for Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse, which he also starred in. He is a regular consultant and on-screen expert for a host of TV and radio shows, including Time Team, The Trench Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are?
He has spearheaded numerous archaeological investigations along the Western Front, including an archaeological project focusing on the Somme area ahead of the 2016 centenary.
He is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and regularly acts as a consultant for the British Army on historical matters. He has also served as a Forensic Trauma specialist for the Norwegian Army. He regularly lectures in North America and Canada.
He has written numerous books, including Ghosts on the Somme, 24hr Trench and The Somme: 1 July 1916.