Flodden historian awarded top battlefield guide award

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THE Branxton historian who has dedicated himself to the Flodden legacy has been recognised with the bestowal of a prestigious award.

The Guild of Battlefield Guides, an organisation that describes its members as “the elderstatesmen of their craft”, awarded Clive Hallam-Baker the David Chandler Award.

The prestigious prize, which contributes to Clive’s ongoing validation as one of the guild’s guides, was in recognition of being the most successful graduating guide of the year.

The Guild of Battlefield Guides prides itself on its pool of military knowledge, communication style and duty of care of hundreds of battlefield sites.

Clive has already been a key player in the preparations for the battle’s 500th anniversary.

“It’s been very rewarding,” he said of his recognition in a very specialised field, “especially because as you get older, you learn more and more about less and less.”

He recently published his latest book on the subject, ‘The Battle of Flodden: Why and How’, which acts in part as an accompaniment to the battlefield’s visitor trails.