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John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

Veterans of TCE Peninsular War tours with Col. Nick Lipscombe to the East Coast of Spain and the Pyrenees may well be familiar with the name of Major General John Byne Skerrett, an officer who eventually left Wellington’s army under a cloud after a series of poor battlefield judgments.  Read more

Tale of Two Peninsulas

Tale of Two Peninsulas

When an Anglo-Russian army left North Holland in the late autumn of 1799, under an armistice granted to them by the Franco-Dutch forces they had failed to defeat, there would seem to have been little to celebrate. Granted, the Dutch navy was now in British hands.  Read more

Tunnel Network in World War 1

Tunnel Network in World War 1

At The Cultural Experience we always look to create tours that are educational and informative and we often explore areas and parts of history that are lesser known.

One such example of this is our Tunnellers on the Western Front tour: The Underground War.   Read more

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

A lesser known tale of the Americans involvement in World War 2 is the strange “Battle of Los Angeles”

Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, many Americans believed that enemy raids were likely to take place at any moment, which was not helped when U.S Secretary of War Henry Stimson warned that American cities should be prepared to take the “occasional blow”.   Read more

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

This year sees the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia and it seems that the penny has just dropped for President Putin, who only recently issued a directive that Russia will commemorate that anniversary.  Read more

Fighting For Canada by Alan Rooney

Fighting For Canada by Alan Rooney

How do you remember Major-General James Wolfe? As the fallen hero of Quebec and subsequent deliverer of Canada? You may remember Benjamin West’s painting of his death on the Plains of Abraham or his reciting of Gray’s elegy.  Read more

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Ashley Truluck and guests from Britain, America and Australia have just returned from this year’s tour of Malta. Despite (or perhaps because of!) the international mix, the group got on particularly well and had a great time.  Read more

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance Sunday 2016

For the Fallen...  Read more

The Last Days of The Somme Tour

The Last Days of The Somme Tour

On the 16th November 2016 The Cultural Experience will return to the Somme with their last tour of the year. During the 5 day tour, under the guidance of Dr Bruce Cherry  Read more

Wellington's Eastern Front - Nick Lipscombe's Latest Book

Wellington's Eastern Front - Nick Lipscombe's Latest Book

Nick Lipscombe, our expert on the Peninsular War, has another book being published at the end of the month. Wellington’s Eastern Front, The Campaign on the East Coast of Spain 1810-1814.  Read more

Summing up of the recent Spanish Civil War Tour by Col Ray Wilkinson

Summing up of the recent Spanish Civil War Tour by Col Ray Wilkinson

Here is Col Ray summarising the highly successful Spanish Civil War Tour which we ran at the end of September to Madrid...  Read more

A highly successful tour - Wellington Over the Pyrenees

A highly successful tour - Wellington Over the Pyrenees

Col Nick Lipscombe has just finished a highly successful tour covering the final stages of the Peninsular War...  Read more

Chelsea Pensioners pay special visit to Elvas

Chelsea Pensioners pay special visit to Elvas

Four Chelsea Pensioners enjoying Wellington's Classic Tour of Spain and Portugal guided by Nick Lipscombe this September...  Read more

An Arthurian Legend Tour

An Arthurian Legend Tour

We are proposing a new tour based on King Arthur's exploits in the South West of England, it is likely to take place during the summer of 2018 and we wish to ask you for your feedback.   Read more

Would you like to take this tour?

Would you like to take this tour?

We are proposing a new Suffragettes Tour during the spring of 2018 and wish to ask you for your feedback. It is likely to be a two-centre short break taking place in Manchester and London.  Read more

The Enduring Fascination of World War I

The Enduring Fascination of World War I

Bruce Cherry has just returned from his annual introductory tour of the Western Front. In his inimitable style, Bruce visited the popular sites on the major battlefields – Mons, Ypres, The Somme, Arras, Amiens etc...  Read more

There's still time to book a 2016 Cultural Experience Tour

There's still time to book a 2016 Cultural Experience Tour

As the calendar turns over into August (!) there is still time to book a tour with us in 2016. We can make the necessary requests to get you a seat on the train/boat/planes and of course a room at the inn(s)...  Read more

The Lochnagar Mine

The Lochnagar Mine

The Lochnagar mine crater, blown at 7.28am on 1st July 1916, near the village of La Boisselle, is one of the best-known and most dramatic landmarks of the Somme battlefield...   Read more

Latest Brochure OUT NOW!

Latest Brochure OUT NOW!

We have launched our new brochure for 2016/2017, packed with over 50 battlefield tours and cultural experiences, a marked increase on last year. We are pleased to say we have attracted the leading academics and historians to guide the tours...  Read more

Sharpe’s Peninsula has it all!

Sharpe’s Peninsula has it all!

Bernard Cornwell hit on the brilliant device of inventing a fictional character from Wellington’s favourite Light Division as a device for introducing readers to the Peninsular War in an entertaining and digestible way. On this tour we take a similar approach...  Read more

Walking The Somme Tour Report

Walking The Somme Tour Report

Simon Jones, TCE Guide has written a concise tour report which makes an interesting read. Simon will be guiding again for us in 2017, look out for our 2017 Programme announcement coming very soon   Read more

Wargaming in History Vol 8 – The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 – The Campaign in Bohemia

Wargaming in History Vol 8 – The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 – The Campaign in Bohemia

Guide John ‘DZ’ introduces his latest book, co-written with Andrew Brentnall, in his Wargaming in History Series. It is their first venture into the Europe of the mid-19th century. The events it describes, analyses and represents on the wargames table, occurred only 5 years after the Battle of First Bull Run. But the book demonstrates the new face of warfare which had emerged in the short span of time.   Read more

Billy's Blog - The Verdun Centenary Tour March 2016

Billy's Blog - The Verdun Centenary Tour March 2016

On our arrival at St Pancras station a number of our participants were already waiting at our usual meeting point, next to the Sir John Betjeman statue, and the rest closely followed. All greeted each other and some caught up with familiar faces from previous tours. Once the whole group was present and had received their tickets we moved swiftly through check-in and into the departure lounge where we again congregated before making our way on to the train. All being seated in the same carriage allowed our guide Bruce to move through the train to distribute the tour handout and to introduce himself personally...  Read more

Spanish Civil War - Why did they go?

Spanish Civil War - Why did they go?

It is estimated that well over 40,000 volunteers from all over the world went to serve on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39.   Read more

Sharpe's Peninsular Tour - The True Story of The Rifles

Sharpe's Peninsular Tour - The True Story of The Rifles

Don’t miss this remarkable Tour! It tells the story of the legendary Light Division – an extraordinary ‘band of brothers’ who fought in just about every action of the Peninsular War and thereby provide us with a representative cross section of the campaign.   Read more