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About Us

In The Footsteps was the brainchild of Ian R Gumm, its founder. In 2002, he had the idea to change his pasion and hobby into a part-time business and started leading Genealogy Tours to the battlefields of France and Flanders. From these humble beginnings it grew into his full-time occupation.

By 2009, the business had grown too big for him to manage the administration as well as research and lead tours on the battlefield and it was at that point that Jo came on board as our Business Adminsitrator. Under their joint direction, the business continued to grow and in 2010 they began to recruit additional battlefield historians to lead their tours. Today, they have a team of battlefield historians that can cover all the major battlefields around the globe and many of the lesser known ones as well.

You can meet the team by visiting our Our Team of Battlefield Historians page.

Our Award Winning Tours

Year-on-year In The Footsteps achieved the coverted TripAdvisor Certificate of Efficiency leading to Hall of Fame status and in 2020 the Traveller's Choice Award. In 2020 we also gained the Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme and are proud to support those who serve.

In 2020, In The Footsteps picked up several awards recocnising their high levels of customer service and the quilty of the tours they provide. In The Footsteps are pleased to report that this trend continues in 2021.

2020 – Travelers Choice
Travelers Choice 2020

Armed Forces Covenant



Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

2021 – Best Historic
Battlefield Tour Operator

M&A Today Award

M&A Today
Global Awards 2021

2021 – Best Battlefield & Heritage
Tours Agency - West Midlands

Lux Life Award

Lux-Life
2021 Travel & Tourism Awards

2020 – Heritage Tour
Experience of the Year

M&A Today Award

Corporate LiveWire
Global Awards 2020

2020 – Best Historic
Battlefield Tour Operator

Lux Life Award

Lux-Life
2020 Travel & Tourism Awards

2020 – Best Historic
Battlefield Tour Operator

M&A Today Award

M&A Today
Global Awards 2020

We continue to strive to improve our products and the service we deliver to our customers. In The Footsteps is proud to be recognised as a market leader.



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Page last updated: 7 January 2021.