Sunday 17 February 2019

Britain's Cold War Revealed at the National Archives

From the National Archives in England (

Britain's Cold War Revealed

We're excited to announce the launch of our new Cold War season this April.

The season will open with an insightful exhibition - 'Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed' - and a whole host of events exploring the reality of life in Britain under the persistent threat of nuclear attack during the Cold War era.

We're thrilled to announce the first few events for the Cold War season and give you, as a valued mailing list subscriber, exclusive advance access to book tickets for them. Read on for more details...

An Evening with Dame Stella Rimington
Friday 5 April, evening event

Now a best-selling thriller writer, Dame Stella was appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. This unique evening event sees Dame Stella discussing her career, followed by an opportunity for questions.

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The Scandalous Case of John Vassall
Thursday 25 April, afternoon event

Uncover the fascinating tale of John Vassall, a civil servant embroiled in a honeytrap by the Soviet Secret Service at the height of the Cold War.

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From the Bomb to The Beatles
Thursday 9 May, evening event

Learn about the fascinating cultural and social developments in Britain in the 20 years following the Second World War, from the restricted culture of 1945 to the dawn of heady freedoms in the 1960s.

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Archives at Night: Cold War Revealed
Friday 17 May, evening event

Fancy yourself as a bit of a modern history buff? From pop culture to spies and scandal, test your trivia knowledge at this fun evening event at the UK’s very own home of history.

There will also be the chance to immerse yourself in the era through gallery tours of new exhibition Protect and Survive, 80s-inspired craft and more.

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Creative writing workshop: Protect and Survive
Saturday 22 June, afternoon event

Join us for a post-apocalyptic creative writing workshop with award-winning poet Suzannah Evans, touching upon themes ranging from Cold War bunkers, censorship and redaction.

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And if you can't get to Kew...

If you can't make it to the events or exhibition, don't worry - we'll be adding lots of new Cold War content to our website over the coming months, so you'll be able to share in the experience!

Explore the Cold War websiteat

(With thanks to TNA by email)


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