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Exhibition, from 19 Oct 2019, free entry


The Cold War (1945-1991) was a 46-year stand-off between the world’s communist and capitalist superpowers, made all the more tense by the threat of nuclear war. It was a thread running through many historic developments such as the Iron Curtain, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the construction and dismantling of the Berlin Wall. This conflict spanned the globe, shaped borders, and raised hopes and fears – and continues to reverberate today.

This exhibition explores the impact of the Cold War on Britain, in the corridors of power, in hidden government bunkers, and on daily life in the home. Discover the real evidence of what happened during this turbulent era of secrets and paranoia. Immerse yourself in the shadowy world of espionage, learn how menacing the Cold War became, and witness the experiences of the generations that lived through it.

Tours will take place on the dates and times listed. Please arrive promptly.

Please note that Protect and Survive is open to all and free to visit during normal building opening hours - visitors may enjoy the exhibition on their own or as part of a tour.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 3 Nov 2019 11:30 to 12:30 13:30 to 14:30
Tue 5 Nov 2019 13:30 to 14:30
Thu 7 Nov 2019 15:00 to 16:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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