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Michael Palin: Pole to Pole and the Last Days of the USSR

July 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


In July and August 1991, Michael Palin traveled through the Soviet Union filming popular BBC series Pole To Pole. By the end of that year, the Soviet Union had collapsed. In this illustrated talk, Palin will recall the last days of the USSR, and his time spent there.

Michael Palin established his reputation in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and numerous film roles, including a BAFTA-winning performance in A Fish Called Wanda. He has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series and is also the author of several children’s stories. Between 2009 and 2012 Palin was President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Ticket includes a glass of wine on arrival.

Friends of The National Archive receive a 20% discount on their ticket

Our café remains open to the public when there are evening events taking place, serving a range of speciality coffees and teas, cakes, pastries, snacks, sandwiches, beer and wine.


Auditorium doors will open at 19.10. The talk is expected to last 1 hour (including a Q&A) and there will be a chance to visit the Cold War exhibition after the talk has concluded.


July 25, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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