The Churchill War Rooms: Discover the History Before Your Visit

Peek inside the places behind the British wartime effort with a WWII expert
Preview Lecture
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1 hour and 10 minutes
Product Type
Churchill War Rooms
Lecture Details
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Lecture Description
This lecture joins an expert guide as we look around the Cabinet Room where Winston Churchill met with his chiefs of staff and senior ministers to direct the British war effort. We'll hear about how the rooms were planned and built to deal with the threat of Nazi bombing (and just how close they came to being hit in the London Blitz). We'll learn about what life was really like underground. 
Meet Your Expert

Don Brown is a London Blue Badge Guide, the Director of the London Society and a graduate of New College Oxford. He previously worked in publishing, for publications as diverse as History Today, The Spectator and The Guardian. His interests and specialisms encompass history - from the Romans to the present day, politics, WW2, and ‘60s and ‘70s popular music, and as director of the London Society he has a professional interest in architecture (contemporary and historical), planning and urbanism.

During this lecture, we'll step inside Churchill's bedroom and into the heart of the war rooms, The Map Room, where the ebb and flow of the allied efforts were plotted and analyzed 24/7 from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Japan. The Churchill War Rooms are one of the most popular visitor destinations in London and provide a vivid history of the British wartime effort and of Winston Churchill's wartime leadership. 

Led by Don Brown, a specialist in a number of subjects (WWII included), this interactive discussion will delve into the world of Churchill through his war rooms. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this captivating place.
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Great use of photos to enrich the talk.
Will be able to appreciate in person visit more as a result of excellent fact filled lecture!