23 and 24 November
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IWM History Festival is back in 2024!
Join the IWM History Festival community for a special weekend of hand-picked historians, authors and books. All sharing a combined passion for real stories of war and conflict.
From discovering the battle for Rome at Monte Cassino and uncovering the 'ministry of ungentlemanly warfare' to celebrating the role of women in the fight for peace, you'll explore stories of personal courage, daring, intrigue, loyalty, and sacrifice at IWM History Festival:
- Our full published programme will be available when tickets launch to help with your booking.
- Each session has limited availability. We recommend booking as soon as possible to guarantee your perfect line-up.
- IWM members will enjoy a 7 day priority booking window when tickets go on sale.
Exclusive experiences will sell fast
Special My IWM sessions will offer you the chance to join an exclusive 'after hours' tour of AirSpace at IWM Duxford with a key speaker, including historian and author James Holland.
Talks and Book Signings
Speakers confirmed so far include James Holland, Helen Fry and Damien Lewis presenting a wide range of themes to explore together.
Behind The Ropes
Enjoy expert tours to discover Duxford's historic past, from the 'Masters of the Air' American Air Museum tour to our Battle of Britain story.
Collections Up Close
Discover the stories of the Lancaster Bomber and Mosquito with our IWM expert guide. Learn about Operation Jericho and Operation Chastise, two low, precision bombing raids that showcased the courage, skill, and innovation of these iconic aircraft.
The perfect event for anyone interested in war history and a unique opportunity to experience the stories first-hand.
—The Cambridge Independent
More announcements coming soon!
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Tom Petch: SAS - Speed, Aggression, Surprise
Ex-SAS Troop Commander Tom Petch shares the never-before-told account of how defeat propelled an unlikely group of renegades into the frontline.
Nigel West: Churchill’s Spy Files
The tales of hitherto unknown spy missions from groundbreaking research, painting a fresh picture of the worldwide Second World War intelligence scene.
Dermot Turing: Enigma Traitors
Dermot Turing is the acclaimed author of Prof, a biography of his famous uncle. At IWM History Festival discover the story of how Britain nearly lost the Secret Cipher War.
Peter Duffell: Gurkha Odyssey - Campaigning for the Crown
Seen through the prism of his Regiment and service, General Duffell recounts some of the history, character and spirit of these loyal soldiers as well as his personal experience of campaigning with them.
American Air Museum: Masters of the Air
Experience the story of the US Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group, as seen in the new Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air. Based on the book by Donald L. Miller, the series follows the lives and missions of the airmen who flew the B-17 Flying Fortress bombers over Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War.
Battle of Britain: Hurricane Heroes
Join us for a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War: the Hawker Hurricane.
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American Air Museum: The Thunderbolts of Duxford
Based at RAF Duxford from April 1943 to October 1945, discover the history and legacy of the 78th Fighter Group, one of the most successful fighter units of the US Eighth Air Force during the Second World War.
Battle of Britain: The Operations Room
Discover the importance of the Operations Room, from how the RAF used the Dowding System, to the controversies and myths that surrounded the battle, such as the Big Wing strategy advocated by some of Duxford’s pilots.
Get up close to history
Stories Behind the Objects - Spitfire Pilot: Air Commodore Geoffrey Stephenson
Join John Shields 'behind the ropes' as he discusses the life of 19 Squadron's Geoffrey Stephenson, the pilot of Duxford’s Spitfire Mk.I N3200.
Collections Up Close - Strike Precision: The Lancaster and Mosquito at War
Discover the stories of Duxford Lancaster KB889 and De Havilland Target Tug Mosquito, highlighting the courage, skill, and innovation of these iconic aircraft.
Presented by Imperial War Museums
IWM History Festival is presented by Imperial War Museums live at IWM Duxford, the Battle of Britain airfield that made history and home to the 78th Fighter group.
From the early days of flight, through to the dramatic days of the Second World War and the technological advances of the Cold War, IWM Duxford has played a central role in some of the most significant periods of 20th century history.
General Event Information
- Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a group or a coach party to IWM History Festival.
Changes to published line-up
- Any changes to the line-up or session timings before the weeekend will be published on our website.
- Changes outside of IWM's control on the day may impact on timings, run time and your pre-booked line-up.
Travelling to IWM Duxford by car or coach:
IWM Duxford is just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from central London and approximately 40 minutes from the M25 (Junction 27).
Via the M11, IWM Duxford is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the North.
Travelling to IWM Duxford by train:
The nearest train stations to IWM Duxford are:
- Whittlesford Parkway
There are taxi ranks at Royston and Cambridge, or you can take the 7A bus from Whittlesford Parkway (Saturday only).
Travelling to IWM Duxford by bus:
A2B Bus and Coach Ltd offer their 7a bus, stopping at IWM Duxford and Whittlesford Parkway Station.
Further details and timetable here*.
Myalls coaches offer their 132 bus service from Cambridge Station to IWM Duxford.
**IWM are not responsible for local buses. Please contact the relevant company if you have any enquiries related to the services.