From Dark Tourism to Light Tourism: The story of a tank called Deborah

Picture of WW1 tank Principal Lecturer, Tim Heap describes how bringing history back to life has given tourism in France a boost

Event date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at 6.00 PM

The tale of Deborah the Tank – told by the grandson of the soldier who commanded it in one of the biggest battles to involve the giant armoured fighting machines during the First World War – sees Principal Lecturer Tim Heap describe how bringing history back to life has given tourism in France a boost.

Tourism expert Tim unearthed his grandfather's role in the historic battle of Cambrai after being shown a photograph of a tank which had been dug up years later in France. He recognised its serial number, and began to research a fascinating story of cutting edge technology and old-fashioned battlefield valour. His grandfather survived a direct hit on the tank, and later defended his men from the advancing enemy with nothing but a revolver.

During the lecture Tim will reveal how the tank has now become the centrepiece of a French community's commemoration of the First World War.