• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Spotlight: Second World War

Spotlight: Second World War
Visit the National Army Museum and gain a fresh perspective on the Second World War with our special weekend of talks, tours, workshops and dancing.

Book tickets to a wide selection of Spotlight events across both days. And enjoy our free supporting programme, offering access to living history, vehicles and archives.

Get a 20% discount when you book onto 3 or more Spotlight events.

Second World War living historians on a Sherman tank outside the National Army Museum

Supporting programme

Living History

Speak to living historians who will bring the Second World War to life and highlight the varied roles that soldiers in the British Army carried out during the conflict.

Learn what it was like to serve with the Fourteenth Army in the jungles of Burma or with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in North Africa and Europe.

Discover the jobs that women performed in the Army during the Second World War.


Venture outside to our carpark to see a selection of Jeeps from the Second World War, each representing a different facet of the Army’s work:

  • SAS operations in North West Europe
  • British Airborne Signals at Arnhem in September 1944
  • the work of ATS mechanics, a role carried out by Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth in 1945
Exploring material from the National Army Museum's archive
Archives (Saturday Only)

Take a look at some fascinating items from the Museum’s archive, each providing a glimpse of what it was like to serve as a soldier in the Second World War.

SOE Agent with History’s Maid (Saturday Only - 12.15pm to 12.35pm)

Meet a Special Operations Executive agent as she goes through her training. Learn what it was like preparing to go into occupied France in this performance by Dr Kate Vigurs.

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."