• 14th Aug 2021
  • 11:00am
  • £20.00

about this event


Cranleigh Arts Centre is pleased to again partner and host the Secret WW2 Learning Network, a registered educational charity promoting knowledge and understanding of clandestine warfare in the Second World War.

The Secret WW2 Learning Network return for a day's presentations with the title Dutch Courage. The day starts with a presentation on the Dutch bomber squadron that was based at Dunsfold aerodrome in 1944, including important operations in support of the D-Day invasion and the airborne attack on Arnhem.

The Network will then return to the theme of the secret spy school at Winterfold, just outside Cranleigh, with an update on their first presentation at Cranleigh Arts in June 2019. The presentations will cover use of Winterfold by the Dutch Section of Britain's wartime Special Operations Executive (SOE) and their subsequent missions - resulting in one of the greatest tragedies of Britain's 'secret war' against the Nazis.

The day will include a showing, by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum, the 1946 classic black and white film 'Now It Can Be Told', filmed using real-life SOE agents as some of the actors.

A sandwich lunch is included in the ticket price.

All profits go to support the work of SWWLN (Charity No. 1156796) and Cranleigh Arts Centre (Charity no. 284186)


The day’s full programme is:


10.30 - Doors open and registration


11.00 - Welcome by Cranleigh Arts Centre and The Secret WW2 Learning Network


11.05 - Introductory presentation on the SWW2LN and Topic 1: the Dutch bomber unit, 320 (Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service) Squadron basedat Dunsfold in 1944


12.00 - Topic 2: part 1 - The ‘spy school’ at Winterfold, Cranleigh for agents of Britain’s wartime Special Operations Executive (SOE)


12.30 - Topic 2: part 2 – Englandspiel– a case study of the tragedy that involved Dutch secret agents trained at Winterfold.

13.15 - Sandwich lunch, tea and coffee provided


14.30 - Introduction of SOE training


15.00 - Film - Now It Can Be Told


16.10 - Closing remarks.


Exhibitions until close at 17.00


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