Pip Barker started working life as a teacher in a comprehensive school and later moved on to work for social services as a care home manager and later as an inspector of care homes under the Quality Care Commission. He has now retired.
Pip has always taken a keen interest in local history and has linked this with collecting postcards and other ephemera. His first visit to Princetown came as a result of discovering that his great-grandfather was a warder at the prison.
Following his move to Dartmoor in 2014, he quickly became involved with the Dartmoor Prison Museum and undertook responsibility for archiving. Such is his interest that he now delivers talks to local groups on all things related to Dartmoor Prison.
Over 16,000 men refused to fight in WW1 and became known as Conscientious Objectors.Their initial incarceration in prison was deemed unsuitable for many and they were then sent to work centres to be engaged on work of national importance.One such work centre was in the village of Princetown, Devon, ...