Thursday 7 March 2024

6:30pm to 8.30pm

IWM London

Includes after-hours admission to the Spies, Lies and Deception exhibition


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Uncover the inspirational stories of women in war

Join acclaimed author and historian Dr Helen Fry for an evening exploring her new book Women In Intelligence. Enjoy this special after-hours event once IWM London has closed its doors to visitors. Tickets for IWM In Conversation With: Helen Fry are selling fast!

Presented by Imperial War Museums to celebrate our new major temporary exhibition and to mark Women's History Month. Tickets will include Helen's talk and book signing, a very special guest and exclusive entry to Spies, Lies and Deception

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About the event

Title Treatment Spies, Lies & Deception

This is your chance to hear Helen Fry discuss her new book, Women In Intelligence, within IWM London’s exclusive Roof Terrace, facilitated by special guest Dr Kate Vigurs.

Our special In Conversation With: events programme supports the new major temporary exhibition Spies, Lies and Deception. As part of the evening, view the must-see exhibition about deception and espionage from the First World War, Second World War and to the present day. Showcasing over 150 objects, newly digitised film and photography, as well as specially commissioned interviews, explore how audacious plots of deception have changed the course of conflict and the lives of those involved.

Event Timetable

Your In Conversation With: Helen Fry experience will last for approximately two hours at IWM London.

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Plan your evening

In Conversation With: event begins
Followed by live Q&A

Book signing and meeting
Purchase Women in Intelligence and meet Helen Fry

Exclusive exhibition introductory talk
Discover the historical context of Spies, Lies and Deception

Your chance to explore Spies, Lies and Deception
Enjoy the new major exhibition after-hours
 Event Concludes

About the book

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Across the twentieth century women took on an extraordinary range of roles in intelligence, defying the conventions of their time. In both world wars, far from being a small part of covert operations, they ran spy networks and escape lines, parachuted behind enemy lines and interrogated prisoners.

And, back in Bletchley and Whitehall, women’s vital administrative work in Military Intelligence offices kept the British war engine running.

In this major, panoramic history, Helen Fry looks at the rich and varied work women undertook as civilians and in uniform. From spies who worked for the Belgian network ‘La Dame Blanche’, knitting coded messages into jumpers, to those who interpreted aerial images and even ran entire sections, Fry shows just how crucial women were in the intelligence mission.

Filled with book-exclusive unknown stories, Women in Intelligence places new research on record for the first time and showcases the inspirational contributions of these remarkable women.

About the author

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Helen Fry has authored and edited over 25 books covering the social history of the Second World War, including British Intelligence and the secret war, espionage, and spies, and MI9 escape and evasion. ​She is the foremost authority on the 'secret listeners' who worked at special eavesdropping sites operated by British Intelligence during WWII. Her ground-breaking research and extensive media coverage have shed light on one of the greatest intelligence deceptions of the war: the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park in North London, and thousands of prisoners of war at Latimer House and Wilton Park in Buckinghamshire. 

​Thanks to her expertise, Helen regularly appears in media interviews and podcasts including several documentaries: David Jason’s Secret Service (Channel 5), Spying on Hitler's Army (Channel 4), and Secrets of the Spies (Britbox). She has provided advisory services for TV and drama, and has covered the major D-Day commemorations in live BBC broadcasts from Normandy.

About your ticket

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

Tickets cost just £15 per person (including IWM members) and include:

  •  Helen’s talk within the impressive surroundings of IWM London’s exclusive Roof Terrace 
  •  A special Q&A with Helen and special guest Dr Kate Vigurs 
  •  Ask your own questions and join the conversation
  •  The talk culminates in a book signing for a personal meet and greet with Helen
  •  Then enjoy exclusive after-hours entry to the special new major exhibition Spies, Lies and Deception
  •  Plus, discover the historical context of Spies, Lies and Deception in a special introductory talk on arrival at the exhibition entrance

In addition to your ticket booking, if you can, please purchase your copy of the book from our IWM pop up shop on the evening. Every purchase you make supports the work we do.

What to expect

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    About Helen's special guest

    Helen will be joined on stage by Dr Kate Vigurs, historian and author of Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE which was short listed for the Polly Corrigan prize and Society for Army historical research first book prize. She speaks widely on SOE and the Second World War in general, with recent events at the National Army Museum, British Embassy (Paris), Chalke Valley History festival.

  • IWM London roof terrace lit for an event

    About your venue

    Join Helen and special guest for an evening in unique surroundings.

    The Roof Terrace is a spectacular event space, dramatically suspended from the barrel-vaulted glass roof of IWM London and as if hanging in mid-air. Designed by Foster + Partners, the Roof Terrace with its dramatic bridge and views of the galleries below also provides a spectacular view of the Dome, once the chapel belonging to Bedlam, designed by Sidney Smirke. 

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    About IWM London

    Imperial War Museums is the world’s leading museum of war and conflict. Founded while the First World War was still raging, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict.
    The Grade II listed building that houses the museum is easy to get to.  

    Plan your journey: Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ (view map) 

Helen’s new book published by Yale University Press will be available to purchase on the evening at IWM In Conversation: With Helen Fry. As a charity, every advance ticket purchase and books bought on the evening supports the work we do.

Explore IWM’s Collections

You may be interested in finding out more about women in history, and the role of women within military history, military intelligence and espionage. 

An ATS FANY Motorcycle Messenger sits on her motorbike as she receives her instructions from a FANY Corporal at the ATS MTC training centre, Camberley.
© IWM (D 5721)
Women in Wartime

The Vital Role Of Women In The Second World War

Women were conscripted in December 1941. They were given a choice of working in industry or joining one of the auxiliary services – the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) or the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS).

Clothing is being issued by the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) from a Nissen hut damaged by an air raid at Abbeville, 22 May 1918.
© IWM (Q 7885)
Women in Wartime

The Vital Role Of Women In The First World War

Pressure from women for their own uniformed service to assist the war effort began in August 1914. Many organisations sprang up, such as the Women’s Volunteer Reserve and Lady Londonderry’s Women’s Legion, which provided cooks for Army camps.

A standard male shaving brush with black, plastic handle and wooden base. One reel of miniature film can be contained within the 'hollowed-out' handle of the brush.
© IWM (EPH 10068)
Second World War

Secret War: What you need to know

Find out more about the agencies, military units and individuals who have fought the ‘Secret War’ – and how they address the threats of today.