30 June 2021

6pm – 7pm

IWM London


Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy  book cover

Join us at IWM London to celebrate the launch of Anne Sebba’s new book, Ethel Rosenberg.

In conversation with author and journalist Sonia Purnell, Anne will explore themes of spies, lies and justice, and crucially, their relation to women’s history.

The event will be hosted by Sarah-Louise Miller and will last for one hour, with an opportunity to ask your questions to our panellists.

The event will be held on the Roof Terrace of IWM London.

“I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has moved me more” Anthony Horowitz

In June 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was executed after spending her final three years in prison, the only woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder.

Her conviction for conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union remains extremely controversial and continues to reverberate today. Sebba’s biography, the first for 30 years, shines a spotlight on this catastrophic failure of humanity and justice.

  • Anne Sebba author photograph

    Anne Sebba

    Anne Sebba is Britain’s greatest chronicler of 20th Century Women. Formerly a Reuters correspondent based in London and Rome, she has written ten works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, and presented BBC radio documentaries. She is the author of the international bestseller That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s, which won the Franco-British Society prize. Sebba makes regular television appearances and is an official lecturer for the The Arts Society. She is a former Chair of the Society of Authors, now on the SOA Council and former President of ArtsRichmond. She is a Trustee of the National Archives Trust and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. She has three children and six grandchildren and lives in London.

  • Sarah-Louise Miller

    Sarah-Louise Miller

    Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Sarah’s research demonstrates a commitment to recovering the history of women in intelligence work, with her MPhil considering the work of the WAAF in British Air Intelligence in the Second World War, specifically their contribution to military intelligence behind major RAF operations. Sarah’s doctoral research considers the Women’s Royal Naval Service and its American and Australian equivalents, aiming to identify women’s contribution to the field of Naval Intelligence from 1939-1945. She is the leader of WIWIP (Women in War and International Politics), an initiative that seeks to give greater visibility to the achievements of women in the fields of War Studies, International Politics, Security and Defence, and is also a member of the King’s Intelligence and Security Group.

  • Sonia Purnell author photograph

    Sonia Purnell

    Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist, and broadcaster. Her first book, Just Boris, was longlisted for the Orwell Prize; her second, First Lady, was shortlisted for the Plutarch Prize. Her most recent publication is A Woman of No Importance, which is the astonishing but true-life tale of a female spy in WWII, Virginia Hall, a young American socialite with a wooden leg, who helped fan the flames of the French Resistance. Film rights have sold to Paramount for a major film adaptation with Daisy Ridley attached to star as Virginia. Sonia writes for several newspapers and is a regular broadcaster in Britain and abroad. She lives in London.

Social Distancing at IWM London

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30 June 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

The event will begin promptly at 6PM. Please aim to arrive by 5.30PM to allow time to be seated. There will also be a pop-up shop at the event selling bottled water alongside copies of Anne Sebba’s book.

The event will take place on the Roof Terrace on Level 4 of IWM London.

The event will last for one hour, which will include the opportunity for a Q&A with our speakers.

IWM London is a free museum, however, we recommend booking a free timed entrance slot when you visit us if you wish to explore other parts of the museum on the day. Please note that the museum closes to the general public at 6PM.

There will be a pop-up shop at the event selling copies of Anne Sebba’s new book Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy. Prices to be confirmed.

IWM London is an accessible site. While our Covid-19 measures are in place, the West entrance will still be open for visitors with access requirements. Wheelchairs will also be available to borrow. We will clean loan wheelchairs after use, and there will also be a self sanitisation point for loan wheelchairs should visitors wish to use it.

We are committed to ensuring IWM London is accessible to all visitors. Step-free access to the museum is via the West Entrance. If you're looking at the front of the museum, the West Entrance is located on the right-hand side of the building, just past the Café entrance.

If you require assistance for your visit, please call the venue on 020 7416 5000 or for help during your visit please ask the information desk on Level 0.

All tickets or reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please read our response to the COVID-19 pandemic regarding the cancellation of the event by IWM following government advice.

IWM reserves the right to make any changes or alterations to the event times, location, or content of the event to ensure you have a safe, unique, and excellent experience.

In the event that this event needs to be cancelled following government advice and COVID-19 updates, we will inform ticketholders of our refund policy. Please ensure you actively use and monitor the email account you provide when confirming your e-ticket.

Whilst you can bring bags into IWM London, please note that due to COVID-19 our lockers are currently not in use. Therefore, you will have to keep your bags on your person for the duration of your visit to us.