My Grandad: The Spy (Interactive family adventure)

** New dates will be added on an ongoing basis, so please check back **
Tanya’s certain that her grandad was a spy, but here at The National Archives she can’t find out the truth on her own. She needs your help.
Find clues, break codes and keep undercover on this top secret mission. Join Tanya on her adventure to discover the facts about her grandad’s hidden history, and find out if you have what it takes to be a spy.
When you need to find out about the past, where better to start than The National Archives?
Produced by BAFTA Award winning interactive theatre makers Coney, MY GRANDAD: THE SPY is an adventure for families (7+), made in response to The National Archives' exhibition Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed.
MY GRANDAD: THE SPY is a self-led interactive experience that requires the use of an adult’s smart phone which is fully charged and is either on a data plan or with at least £1 credit (Please read the confirmation e-mail for further details). Players will be instructed to arrive at The National Archives Bookshop on their selected date, and will be given their secret starting location and instructions for how to begin.
The game will take about 90 minutes to complete, but can vary in length due to players’ speed.
We recommend that players are 7+, but of course younger siblings and older players are always welcome at the discretion of guardians.
The game is best played as a group of 2 to 4 players, and an adult needs to be present throughout the game.
MY GRANDAD: THE SPY takes place both outside and inside The National Archives, and is therefore open to the weather – so please dress appropriately.
Please speak to a member of staff if your group requires transcripts of the audio elements of the game or need any help.
New dates and times will be added on an ongoing basis and the trail will run until November 2019.
Full terms and conditions for this experience can be found here:


Wednesday 14 August 2019, 11:30 AM

till Wednesday 14 August 2019 01:00 PM


The National Archives The Bookshop Richmond GB

The National Archives

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The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales.  We are the guardians of some of our most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years.

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