Horrible Histories: Spies at Imperial War Museum



Test your undercover skills and find out if you have what it takes to be a spy this summer at Horrible Histories: Spies, an interactive family exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

The museum is inviting families to take part in the summer’s greatest secret mission where you will use clever camouflage, code-cracking skills and the cunning of a spy to delve into a top secret world.

Based upon Terry Deary’s book of the same name from the bestselling Horrible Histories series, the exhibition explores the world of spies and spying during the Second World War. It features items from IWM’s unique Second World War collections, hands-on activities for all ages, digital and interactive elements and a ‘stamper trail’ that sets visitors on their own mission.

Families make their way through the exhibition, encountering themes such as Ruthless Resistance, Cracking Codes, Great Gadgets, Savage Sabotage and Clever Camouflage. Along the way discover techniques used by the most cunning spies, including how to make invisible ink, crack codes and use fake feet.

Several events are taking place alongside the exhibition including a range of summer and half term spy-themed activities. Plus author Terry Deary will be delving into the foul facts and strange stories from his books and illustrator Martin Brown will be sharing top tips for bringing characters from the series to life.

The museum has been closed for transformation and partially reopens on 29 July for this major new family exhibition, it will fully re-open in summer 2014.


Venue Details & Map

IWM London: Imperial War Museum London

Lambeth Road
+44 (0)20 7416 5000
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Tube: Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle, Waterloo Train: Waterloo, Elephant & Castle
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