Monday 18 May 2020
  • STEM
  • Ages 7-9 (KS2)
    Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Gadgets and Disguises

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!

What would it be like to be a top secret spy?

What would it be like to be a top secret spy?

Part of the Adventures in History series, created during the lockdown of Spring 2020.

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present.   

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.          

  • To explore the roles of spies in the Second World War. 

Family Mission

Family Mission

Grown ups! Every week we share a fun challenge on Twitter and Facebook!

This week your challenge is Mystery Messages. Create your top secret identity card using invisible ink and find out your secret code name

Find out the top secret instructions

Explore Further

A woman sits and uses a Typex Mark II cryptograph machine
Third Officer Eillen Wood of Bolton, Lancs operating a Typex Mark II cryptograph machine which codes and decodes messages in such a way that it is said to be impossible for the enemy to break them down. © IWM A 23510

Explore Further

Successfully cracking top secret codes used by Nazi Germany helped the Allies win the Second World War. Find out more about what happened and hear from a veteran who worked for the RAF's code-breaking division.

Watch now >

Video hosted on the BBC Teach website. 

Explore Further

Poster for IWM's learning content Adventures in History: The World's Best Den
The World’s Best Den
Why were air raid shelters needed in the Second World War? Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people passed the time—whether they sheltered in their back garden or in underground tunnels.  
Poster image for Adventures in History: Grumpy and his Spitfire
Grumpy and his Spitfire
Find out why pilot George Unwin was given the nickname 'Grumpy' and find out how he achieved his dream of flying a Spitfire. 
Adventures in History: Amazing Animals graphic
Amazing Animals
Join IWM expert Clare as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes.

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