23 and 24 November

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IWM Duxford

Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR

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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. 

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Exclusive experiences will sell fast

Promotional picture of author and historian James Holland
© James Holland
Author and historian James Holland.

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. 

  • Author Damien Lewis signs a book at IWM History Festival
    © IWM

    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. 

  • Promotional Still from Apple TV's Masters of the Air: Austin Butler as Gale Gleven standing in front of B-17 Flying Fortress
    ©Apple TV+

    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.

  • A Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft on display at IWM Duxford
    © IWM

    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

  • 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. 

Exclusive Tours

  • Promotional Still from Apple TV's Masters of the Air: Austin Butler as Gale Gleven standing in front of B-17 Flying Fortress
    ©Apple TV+

    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 Exhibition with visitors
    © IWM

    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. 

  • P-47 Thunderbolts of the 78th Fighter Group fly in formation.
    © IWM [FRE 3035]

    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: Ops Block Operations Room
    © IWM

    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

  • Spitfire n3200 at IWM Duxford
    © IWM

    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.

  • A Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft on display at IWM Duxford
    © IWM

    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

A Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B in fighter pen at North West corner of RAF Duxford.
© IWM CH 18271
A Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B in fighter pen at RAF Duxford. Likely a 'Bombphoon' of No. 181 Squadron; formed at Duxford in 1942.

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

Group Bookings

  • 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.

Location

IWM Duxford Airspace
Address

IWM Duxford
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

  • Royston Station
  • Whittlesford Parkway Station

  • 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
    • Royston
    • Cambridge

    There are taxi ranks at Royston and Cambridge, or you can take the 7A bus from Whittlesford Parkway (Saturday only).

    Visit National RailThames LinkGreater Anglia or Cross Country for further details on train timetables and prices.

  • Travelling to IWM Duxford by bus:

    Saturday

    A2B Bus and Coach Ltd offer their 7a bus, stopping at IWM Duxford and Whittlesford Parkway Station.

    Further details and timetable here*.

    Sundays

    Myalls coaches offer their 132 bus service from Cambridge Station to IWM Duxford.

    Further details and timetable*.

    **IWM are not responsible for local buses. Please contact the relevant company if you have any enquiries related to the services.