Five Indian Pilots of the First World War – Stephen Barker
In November 1916, the Royal Flying Corps began an experiment to recruit for the first time, Indians resident in Britain. Prior to that, men such as these were unable to enlist owing to a ‘colour-bar’. Why was there a change of policy and what would be the experiences of these five men? The presentation is fully illustrated and includes both audio and video clips.
Stephen is an independent Heritage Advisor who works with museums, universities, and other heritage organisations to design exhibitions and make funding applications. He worked at Banbury Museum and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen has delivered projects for University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and the Battlefields Trust. He delivers presentations and tours related to the First World War and British Civil Wars. He is a Trustee of the Bucks Military Museum Trust, the Old Gaol, Buckingham and is an Arts Council Museum Mentor. He is the author of ‘Lancashire’s Forgotten Heroes’ – the 8th East Lancs in the Great War.