Talk:On the trail of Klaus Fuchs, atomic spy at Duke Street Baptist Church

Talk, Mon 12 Oct 2020


Richmond Local History Society


Duke Street,


Arguably the most important “atomic” spy of the 20th century, Klaus Fuchs (1911–1988) was a German physicist who worked on the British and US-led atomic projects of the Cold War era. In 1950, Fuchs was caught passing vital secrets to the Soviet Union and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.

Mark Dunton delves into Security Service files held at the National Archives to uncover how the authorities managed to unmask Fuchs and secure his confession, and reveals a fascinating local connection with Kew.

Mark has a BA in History from Exeter University, an MA in Archives and Records Management from University College London and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. He joined The National Archives in 1983 where he is now a Principal Records Specialist and a key media spokesperson on the annual release of government files. He curated The National Archives’ Cold War exhibition in 2019.

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Mon 12 Oct 2020 20:00 to 21:00


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Map reference: TQ 179750  Lat: 51.46171 Long: -0.30407

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station


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