Dr Barry Blades is an independent researcher and writer. He is particularly interested in the relationship between war and society. His first book, Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War, 1914-1919 (Pen & Sword, 2015) examined the impact of the First World War on British schools and their communities. Barry approaches his work as both a historian and as a professional educator. He taught History in secondary schools in London and Peterborough for over thirty years, and undertook a variety of senior leadership in education including Associate Headteacher, Ofsted Additional Inspector, Chair of Governors, and Trustee of an educational charity. From 2006-2010 he worked as a freelance Education Consultant supporting the establishment and development new schools.