Associate – Nick Barber

Nick specialises in research and presentation, looking into the historical background of a topic to produce a tailored written or spoken artefact.

His particular passion is the topography, history and development of the London area. To this end, he utilises a variety of research techniques, including original research from primary sources, oral history recording and comparative research to produce lectures, publications and guided historical walks in his chosen subject.
Nick has also acted as an advisor to bodies as varied as UCL, Middlesex University, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on a number of issues including housing, employment and benefits, giving presentations and sitting on advisory panels.
Nick gets on board with projects which makes the best use of his particular skillset, enjoying collaborative working with professionals in any field to produce a well-informed and engaging piece.

Nick Barber

 

Battle Bus 2016: The Lost Generation

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends, a historic London B-type bus has been converted into a First World War military troop carrier. The bus (B2737) is one of only four surviving vehicles of its kind, and was built in Walthamstow just before the First World War.  It started service in 1914 on Route 9 (Barnes to Liverpool Street) and then became one of over 1,000 London buses requisitioned for service by the War Department. The buses had a variety of uses throughout the war including troop carrier, whilst some were converted to ambulances, supply lorries and even mobile pigeon lofts.

Learning programme 2016: The Lost Generation

Alongside the restoration of B2737 London Transport Museum is also running an in-depth learning and engagement programme. Throughout the centenary of the First World War, the programme will work with different groups of volunteers to investigate new perspectives of the Battle Bus and bring to life the stories of those affected by the war.

During 2016 London Transport Museum appointed S.I.D.E Projects to develop and deliver their 2016 Learning Programme. S.I.D.E Projects recommended working with three teams of volunteers; a research team, an exhibition team and a legacy team, to produce a North East London touring exhibition and local legacy piece, telling the story of the Battle Bus from a local perspective and marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the many lives that were lost.

  1. Research volunteers: A team of ten enthusiastic young research volunteers have been recruited from across London. They are working with by S.I.D.E Projects, London Transport Museum staff and expert historians, Andy Robertshaw and David Lawrence, to explore the contribution of London’s buses and their drivers during the First World War. They are also researching the effects of other major 1916 events on the lives of everyday Londoners from Tottenham, Walthamstow and Enfield. This talented team’s task is to gather and curate stories, ready to be passed onto the exhibition volunteers. As well as delving into archives, gathering content and taking field trips, the team will uncover local stories at the Battle Bus Roadshow being held on 10 April 2016 at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham.

    The research volunteers have produced this blog to document their experience, including interviews with the various experts they have met along the way.

  2. Exhibition volunteers: Once the research phase is complete, S.I.D.E Projects in partnership with London Transport Museum and a local film maker will work with a group of Year 9 students from Northumberland Park Community School in Tottenham and a local artist, to creatively interpret the stories into content for the touring exhibition. The Museum also hopes to take this group of volunteers on a three day tour of the Somme battlefields in September 2016.
  3. Legacy volunteers: Between July and August, London Transport Museum will work with a group of young North East London residents to produce a lasting legacy piece. Their work will ensure that the stories uncovered by the project are commemorated and preserved within the local area beyond the life span of the touring exhibition.

The 2016 Battle Bus touring exhibition

The 2016 Battle Bus touring exhibition will be unveiled at London Transport Museum in October 2016. It will then go on tour to Bruce Castle Museum and other relevant local venues. London Transport Museum also hopes to bring the Battle Bus along for the local community to enjoy as part of the exhibition launch at Bruce Castle Museum.

Acknowledgements

The Battle Bus learning programme is made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and London Transport Museum Friends. Special thanks to David Lawrence; Kingston University, Andy Robertshaw, Bruce Castle Museum, Northumberland Park Secondary School and Centenary Battlefield Tours, for their support on the project so far.

The 2016 Battle Bus learning programme and research workshops have been developed for London Transport Museum by www.sideprojects.london. This has included development of the programme concepts, engagement of the participants and partners, stakeholder management, workshop delivery and internal evaluation.