14 November 2024

Churchill War Rooms


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Churchill, Science and Technology

Professor F A Lindemann, with Winston Churchill and Dr D A Crow watching a demonstration of a secret anti-aircraft device at an experimental establishment at Holt, Norfolk.
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Churchill, his scientific advisor Professor F A Lindemann, and Dr D A Crow (Chief Superintendent Projectile Development) observe a demonstration of a secret anti-aircraft device at Holt, Norfolk.

Explore Winston Churchill’s relationship with science and technology, and how technological advances influenced the Second World War in this special IWM In Conversation With: event at Churchill War Rooms.

Born 150 years ago in 1874, Churchill was witness to the huge advances in technology which took place in the first half of the 20th century. From jet aircraft taking to the skies and the dawning of the nuclear age, the Second World War drove forward technology at an incredible pace.

Join three experts at Churchill War Rooms this November to understand the impact of technology on Winston Churchill and the war. After the talk, take the time to meet the speakers, ask questions and explore Churchill War Rooms and the Churchill Museum after-hours.

About the Speakers

A headshot of historian Allen Packwood
© Allen Packwood

Allen Packwood

Allen Packwood is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre. He is a qualified archivist and was co-curator of ‘Churchill and the Great Republic’, a Library of Congress exhibition and of ‘Churchill: The Power of Words’, a display at the Morgan Library in New York. His work as one of the foremost experts on Winston Churchill takes him around the world.

Kevin Ruane stands in front of a portrait of Winston Churchill.
© Kevin Ruane

Kevin Ruane

A professor of modern history, Kevin Ruane specialises in modern history and has written extensively on the Cold War, the Nuclear Age, the Vietnam War, and the Anglo-American 'Special Relationship'.

Kevin’s book Churchill and the Bomb explores Churchill’s evolving views on nuclear weapons. From regarding the bomb as a weapon of war in the struggle with Nazi Germany to one of containment during the Cold War, before advocating for what would become known as 'mutually assured destruction' as the key to preventing the Cold War flaring into an apocalyptic nuclear war. 

Headshot of Kate Clements, curator of Churchill War Rooms

Kate Clements 

Kate Clements has worked at Imperial War Museums since 2006. She has curated a number of exhibitions at IWM London, including the permanent, award-winning Second World War Galleries, the Victoria Cross and George Cross Gallery Extraordinary Heroes and Crown and Conflict: Portraits of a Queen in Wartime.  

Kate is the author of Total War: A People’s History of the Second World War and The Royal Family in Wartime. She has also delivered digital historical content, including a popular podcast series, Voices of the First World War.

About Your Ticket

The audience at an 'IWM in Conversation With' event.

As a charity, your IWM In Conversation ticket purchase helps IWM continue to tell stories for future generations.

Tickets cost just £20 per person (including IWM members) and include:

  • Allen Packwood and Kevin Ruane’s talk, hosted by Kate Clements within the impressive surroundings of Churchill War Rooms
  • A special Q&A, ask your own questions and join the conversation
  • The talk culminates in a book signing and a personal meet and greet with Allen Packwood and Kevin Ruane
  • Then enjoy exclusive after-hours entry to the Churchill War Rooms.

About the Venue

The Chief of Staff's Room at Churchill War Rooms

Following the talk, take the chance to explore Churchill War Rooms, which houses the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, including the rooms where strategic decisions regarding the D-Day landings were made.  

Walk the once top-secret corridors and follow in the footsteps of the men and women who worked here during Britain's darkest hours, see personal effects left untouched for decades, and explore the life of one of Britain's most formidable figures.

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