History Revisited: WW1 & WW2 Demonstrations

Doug Stuart and Adam Sheffield offer educational talks and demonstrations based on their extensive research and collections of military equipment and artefacts. These talks present the opportunity to learn about history by handling original objects, and better understand how equipment and technology shaped these great conflicts.

Doug has more than thirty years experience as a collector and researcher, as well as being a qualified army cadet instructor and County Public Relations Officer for Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force. Doug regularly attends historical re-enactments, takes part in remembrance events and travels to battlefields around Europe. He also provides military advice, props and costumes for theatrical productions including 'Journey's End' (EADS production 2018) 'Girl in the Glass' (Combined Actors of Cambridge, 2018) and 'Sailor Beware' (EADS 2019).

Adam Sheffield is also a qualified Army Cadet Instructor and experienced collector. He regularly visits WW1 battlefields on the former Western Front and researches WW1 soldiers.

Doug and Adam's collections include an extensive variety of items recovered from WW1 battlefields, such as shrapnel, grenades, shells, bayonets, rifles, footwear and personal items, including items they have found themselves. All items are completely and demonstratively safe and in compliance with the law, and Doug and Adam are CRB checked.

Their Second World War collections includes a wide variety of items from home front life in Britain and Germany, as well as battlefield recovered items from the Eastern Front, and uniform and equipment from the war in The Pacific. It includes a collection of items salvaged from German U-Boat U-534, such as one of its one-man lifeboats, a complete tool kit from the engine room, and many personal items recovered from the wreck.

 

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium (D Stuart Photography)
British Anti Gas equipment, 1939-45 (D Stuart Collection)
A display of WW1 militaria including French uniforms and equipment. (Adam Sheffield Collection)
US Army Airforce equipment, 1941-45 (D Stuart Collection)
British officer's equipment, 1914-18 (D Stuart Collection)
Excavated items from the Battle for Berlin, 1945 (D Stuart Collection)
Evacuee display, 1939 (D Stuart Collection)
German U-Boat lifeboat, recovered from the wreck of U-534, which was sunk in The Kattegat Sea in 1945. This inflatable boat was salvaged from the wreck in 1993. (D Stuart Collection)
British Army Infantry and Artillery equipment, 1914-18 (D Stuart Collection)
Doug dressed as a Royal Artillery Sergeant, c.1916
Adam dressed as a Royal Artillery Sergeant, c.1917.
Identity bracelet of Lieutenant C N Curwen, killed in France in 1916 (D Stuart Collection)
Doug with an Anti-Tank rifle at a 1940's weekend, 2016
British rifle, excavated at Flers-Courcelette, 2009 (D Stuart Collection)
Doug in full WW1 kit as a British infantryman c.1917. (D Stuart Photography)
German Army equipment, 1914-18 (D Stuart Collection)
US Army combat equipment, 1943-45 (D Stuart Collection)
Commemorative Plaque sent to the widow of Private Richard Harris, killed in France 1917, with letter from King George V. (D Stuart Collection)
British Army personal kit 1939-45 (D Stuart Collection)
Imperial Japanese Army Personal Equipment, 1941-45 (D Stuart Collection)
German Army Personal Kit 1939-45 (D Stuart Collection)