Living Military History has been offering heritage services throughout the UK since 2006.
Captain Graham Bandy provides a range of educational living history interpretations, talks, displays. research services and expertise to the educational, heritage, health and entertainment sectors.
Graham Bandy has had a passion for military history since he was a young child. Enlisting in the British Army at the age of 17, he spent much of the 1980s in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment serving in Northern Ireland, Germany and with the UN in Cyprus.
After completing a nursing degree at the University of Central England, he attended The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was commissioned into Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC)) where he served in the role of Welfare Officer during the Second Gulf War. He currently sits on the Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Forum.
Graham also has many years of experience as a Community Psychiatric Nurse and Advanced Practitioner in older adult care.
This unique combination of welfare and psychiatric skills, an extensive collection of fascinating items and an enthusiasm for sharing his expertise creates the balance of care and knowledge which enables him to provide effective and meaningful Reminsicence Therapy in a one-to-one or group basis.
Highlights in recent years include the Lord Mayor’s Show as part of the RAF Regiment Historical Flight, The Great War Society 200 mile march in full authentic First World War kit from Whitehall to Wipers (Ypres), a medical display at the Passchendaele Museum in Belgium and by special invitation of the Maltese Government - the 2010 Military Mtarfa Event in Malta.
In addition to his regular living history displays, Graham gives talks throughout the year to schools, local family history groups and the U3A, his most popular being "Getting to Know Your Military Ancestors Through Photographs and Memorabilia".
In conjunction with the Army Medical Services Museum, he has led recruits and young soldiers on a variety of battlefield tours from the Western Front to Gettysburg.
He also provides guidance on military history research and the identification of military photographs, uniforms and cap badges on the help desk at the West Surrey Family History Fair and Who Do You Think You Are Live.
Graham is an expert on military medical history and has featured in a number of television productions, most recently as a medical military history expert for Instruments of Death on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel.