14 September 2020

6.30pm - 9pm

IWM Duxford

Flight line marquee next to the control tower


Join award winning historian, author and broadcaster James Holland, along with a host of senior IWM curators, for a relaxed evening discussing the Battle of Britain in its 80th anniversary year.

Hear from the experts

A Battle of Britain pilot

Hear from the experts

Comprising of presentations from these Battle of Britain experts, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, the evening will uncover this pivotal moment in modern history.

The event will explore the wider history of the battle and RAF Duxford’s contribution, along with anecdotes from Battle of Britain veterans archived by IWM. We’ll also be joined by a warbird pilot, who will give their own personal insight into what it’s like to fly the aircraft that helped win the Battle of Britain.

The event includes:
  • A series of presentations from James Holland, the IWM curatorial team and a warbird pilot, followed by panel discussion and Q&A session.
  • A cash bar for refreshments.
  • Seating in a marque next to IWM Duxford’s famous airfield.

James Holland

Historian James Holland

James Holland

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster.

The author of a number of best-selling histories including Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels. He has presented – and written – a large number of television programmes and series, including the BBC’s The Battle for Malta, and has scripted and is producing a film of his novel, A Pair of Silver Wings, largely set in Malta during the war.

He also Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Research Fellow at Swansea University.

He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.

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Learn about the Battle of Britain

Spitfire pilots pose beside the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, 1940.
© IWM (CH 2064)
Second World War
8 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Here are 8 things you need to know about one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I of No. 19 Squadron at Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire, 21 September 1940.
© IWM (CH 1447)
Second World War
9 Iconic Aircraft From The Battle Of Britain
Learn about the RAF Fighter Command’s aircraft during the Battle of Britain from the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, to the Bf 109 (named the best fighter in the world), the 'Flying Pencil' and the infamous ‘Stuka’.
Halifax B Mark VI, NP831, awaiting delivery at the bomber production line, Radlett, Hertfordshire.
© IWM (ATP 13205D)
Battle of Britain
8 Important Dates In The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a decisive air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940.  It was one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.

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