Protect and Survive: Britain's Cold War Revealed

The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew

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The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey
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Thu 4th Apr 2019 to
Sat 9th Nov 2019

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Where:The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew TW9 4DU
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Times:Tuesday: 09:00 – 19:00 Wednesday: 09:00 – 17:00 Thursday: 09:00 – 19:00 Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
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About the event

Opening on 4 April 2019, exactly 70 years since the foundations of NATO were formed, The National Archives’ new exhibition ‘Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed’ will offer a fascinating insight into life in Britain during the turbulent Cold War era.

The immersive exhibition will recreate a government bunker and a 1980s living room, showing the impact of the Cold War on the government and on ordinary people’s lives. Visitors will see a range of archival material including George Orwell’s infamous list of suspected communist sympathisers, memos written by Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill and a plan of Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb’s fateful spy mission.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of high-profile events exploring the Cold War from a multitude of perspectives. Speakers will include Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of MI5, who will discuss her extraordinary career in government and subsequent success as a writer.

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