Tim Barney

Location: Evesham, Worcestershire
About me...

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by military history and technology, and like any enthusiast, I’ve always wanted to share my passion with the people around me. Following a career in the IT industry, I now have the opportunity to pass on some of the amazing facts and stories I’ve come upon over the years. As you will discover when you book one of my talks, military history is definitely NOT just for military history fans!

About my Talks...

My talks are designed to appeal to men and women from every walk of life. A little technical jargon is sometimes unavoidable, but don’t worry, I always translate this into everyday language! I am always keen to take questions afterwards.

The talks fall into two categories: stand-alone single part talks, and two part talks: these consist of two sections which can be booked individually, or together as a single longer talk. See under individual talks below for timings. If you are interested in a particular talk, but require more information, or would like to discuss other options to suit your requirements, then please do contact me.

All the talks are illustrated with PowerPoint slides. I have my own projector, table and screen, but I’ll happily use your equipment if it’s already in place. If a face-to-face meeting is impossible or impractical, I can deliver all my talks to you online, using Zoom or any other preferred platform.



I charge £50 for any talk, regardless of duration. If travel is involved, and the location is more than 20 miles from my home in Evesham WR11, then I will charge expenses at 45p a mile. If you are a very small club, or this charge is more than you can afford, then please do contact me: I would rather meet you somewhere in the middle, than not give the talk at all!

NB: if you suffer a cancellation, or need a speaker urgently, then do contact me as I am usually available at short notice.

All of my talks can now be presented in virtual format.

My Contact Details:

01386 49119

07759 925829

Lock, Stock & Barrel – A Brief History of Military Small Arms

A timeline of the soldier’s personal weapon, this talk begins with the invention of gunpowder, and discusses how the various firearm operating systems evolved over the centuries.  The narrative also explains how these technological changes affected the way battles were fought, and examines future small arms developments (55 mins)

The God of War – A Brief History of Artillery

This talk tells the story of ‘the guns’, and relates how the crude bombards of the Middle Ages evolved into the mobile, long range howitzers and rocket systems we see today.  Exploring the links between technology and tactics, the talk explains how and why artillery came to dominate the battlefields of the modern world (55 mins)

Interceptor – The Development of Fighter Aircraft in World War Two

If you’re interested in the Battle of Britain, and aces duelling in dogfights, this is the talk for you.  The performance of some fighter aircraft literally doubled between 1939 and 1945.  Combining technical discussion with real-life examples, this talk explains how and why these dramatic advances were achieved (54 mins)

Most Secret – Defford Airfield and the Story of Airborne Radar

Combining a historic house and landscape park in Worcestershire, a secret wartime airfield, and the story of airborne radar development in World War Two, this talk has something for everybody.  The story concludes with an account of the current National Trust property and airfield museum, both open to the public today (56 mins)

Dawn Patrol – Air Combat Over the Western Front 1914-18

The Great War was the first conflict in which aviation played a major role.  This talk describes the many perils of flying and fighting in the early days, and discusses the larger-than-life characters and inspired inventions that were to transform air combat from an eccentric charade into a deadly serious contest (54 mins)

Dreadnought – Naval Warfare in the North Sea 1914-18

Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank, Jutland and other less well-known actions. This talk explores not only the battles, but also the ships and the men, and the remarkable devices they used to hurl shells accurately, from one moving warship to another, across miles of restless, windswept ocean! (55 mins)

Destroyer of Worlds – Lifting the Lid on Nuclear Weapons (2 parts)

The first part of this talk covers the principles behind nuclear fission and fusion, and the operation of the weapons themselves.  A technical discussion presented in non-technical language, this talk sheds light on an often murky and misunderstood subject.  Part Two of the talk completes the story, by explaining how nuclear weapons are delivered and guided to their targets, and describing the effects at the receiving end (43 mins + 38 mins)

Mad, Bad & Dangerous – Military Ideas & Inventions That Didn’t Make the Grade (2 parts)

This entertaining talk is about military ideas, inventions and operations that in one way or another, failed to make the grade.  Incompetence, haste and wishful thinking have all played their part, in some of the most scandalous disasters in military history.  Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction!  Parts One and Two both include a number of examples from land, sea and air, and can be booked individually or together (37 mins + 41 mins)

Warrior Nation – Memorable British Battles of the Last Millennium (2 parts)

This talk discusses a number of memorable British battles, both familiar and unfamiliar.  ‘Warrior Nation’ will be appreciated by anyone who is interested in the ups and downs of British history, or just enjoys an exciting story.  The battles are presented as complimentary pairs, which offers a fresh historical perspective.  The two parts of the talk are not presented in any particular order, and can be booked individually or together (39 mins + 39 mins)

Breakthrough..! – How 100 Bright Ideas Changed the Face of Warfare (2 parts)

This fast-paced, compelling talk looks at the one hundred most important and influential IDEAS, in the history of warfare.  Of course many of these brainwaves and inventions were military in nature – but many others were not.  With only about 60 seconds to spare for each idea, the pace is swift!  The two parts of this talk follow in sequence, with Part One dealing with Ideas 1-50, and Part Two dealing with Ideas 51-100.  However they are not interdependent and can be booked individually or together (52 mins + 54 mins)

Tim Barney Contact Details:

01386 49119

07759 925829

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