25 November 2021


IWM London


Tickets must be booked online in advance, by 4.30pm on the day of the event

Incredible historical papers. Pivotal moments of the past. Emotive personal stories. Join us at IWM London for a thought-provoking event with our Head of Documents and Sound Anthony Richards, who's been the guardian of IWM's documents for more than twenty-five years. 

Joined by journalist and best-selling author Sinclair McKay, together they will discuss key stories from Words of War, published in association with IWM, while exploring the importance of our world-leading archive of personal written testimony.

As well as readings from original letters and diaries, the event will offer an exciting opportunity to see historical papers retrieved especially from IWM’s archives, including a speech by Winston Churchill following the Allied victory at El Alamein. Guests will also have a chance to put their questions to our experts. 

Following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to explore our brand new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries for themselves, after they have closed to the public for the evening. 

The author will be signing copies of Words of War, which will be available for sale at the event. The event will last 90 minutes and will be hosted on the Roof Terrace of IWM London.

Words of War

Cover of Words of War, an IWM publication

Words of War

Published by Headline in association with IWM, Words of War presents 100 pieces of personal testimony from the extensive IWM collection in a beautifully bound hardback book.

Ten chapters take the reader chronologically through the key moments of the war: from the retreat to Dunkirk to the battle of the Atlantic; the savage fighting in the jungles of the far East to the RAF Bomber Command's campaign in Europe; the discovery of the Nazi's concentration camp system to the war's ultimate conclusion at the Nuremburg trials.

Including specially selected documents ranging from the Anglo-German Accord through to letters home from a common soldier, Words of War tells the stories behind some of the most fascinating testimony of the Second World War.


  • An image of IWM curator Anthony Roberts
    Anthony Richards

    Anthony Richards has worked at IWM for more than twenty-five years, taking responsibility for the document and sound archives. An experienced historian and qualified archivist, he has contributed to many publications and broadcasts based on personal written testimony of the two world wars. Among these are articles for The Telegraph and the ITV BAFTA-nominated series The Great War: The People's Story. His books include the Sunday Times best-seller D-Day and Normandy: A Visual History and most recently The True Story of the Christmas Truce.

  • Portrait of Sinclair McKay
    Sinclair McKay

    Sinclair McKay is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Bletchley Park Brainteasers as well as the bestselling book The Secret Life of Bletchley Park. He writes for publications including the Spectator and the Telegraph and spends much of his life eyebrow-deep in dusty archives! He lives in East London.

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