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An evening with Dame Stella Rimington

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Known worldwide as the inspiration for Dame Judi Dench’s character ‘M’ in the James Bond films, Dame Stella Rimington is now an iconic face of British espionage.

Dame Stella was appointed head of the Security Service (better known as MI5) in 1992 – the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to have been publicly named in the government’s spirit of openness. Having worked in the main fields of MI5 – counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism – she went on to successively become Director of all three branches, before retiring in 1996.

Now an acclaimed writer, Dame Stella’s most recent book, The Moscow Sleepers, is the tenth in her ‘Liz Carlyle’ thriller series. Her autobiography Open Secret is also widely revered.

This is a very special event at The National Archives where Dame Stella will talk about her life, career and writing.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Friends of the National Archive get a discount to £28 for their ticket.


April 5
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew,TW9 4DU
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020 8876 3444