Every Weekend | Daily 27 Dec-3 Jan

10am – 4pm, drop-in

IWM London

Level 0 Atrium


Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents wanted. Positions available immediately.

Every one of the objects at Imperial War Museum London has a story to tell. But we need your wits and imagination to help explore our collections and find connections.

Discover what it was like to be an SOE agent in the Second World War. Through object handling and source analysis, you’ll uncover the real life story of SOE operative John Cancellor. 

This special edition of Story Seekers is part of Spies, Lies and Deception – the free, must-see exhibition about real-life secret agents, deception and espionage from the First World War to the present day.


Suitable for children 5+ years. For families attending with additional younger children, step-free accessibility information can be found here.

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    Family Mission: Secret Messages and Spies

    Are you ready to put your super spy skills to the test? CBBC Secret Agent Ben Shires is setting your top-secret Family Mission from a hidden location…

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    Family Mission: Mystery Messages

    IWM needs you, yes YOU, and your super-cunning spy skills for this mysterious Family Mission! Undercover agent and CBBC Presenter Ben Shires sets your top-secret mission from a hidden location…

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    Spies in Disguise

    IWM expert Ngaire shares stories of real life spies and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. Ngaire will show us the ingenious gadgets and disguises they used to help them complete missions in enemy territory, without getting caught!

Exhibitions and Installations

Spies, Lies and Deception

Image of the exhibition title, 'Spies Lies & Deception'
29 September 2023 to 14 April 2024
IWM London

Discover over 100 years of intrigue, deceit and real-life secret agents.

Spies, Lies and Deception is a free, must-see exhibition at IWM London about deception and espionage from the First World War to the present day.

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