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Lecture: Engineering in Espionage

The Museum is delighted to welcome Sir David Pepper KCMG to deliver our 50th Anniversary Lecture on Thursday 15 June from 6.30pm.

Sir David, former Director General of GCHQ, will discuss how technological innovation has shaped secret intelligence.  Tickets for this talk are free but must be pre-booked at

Sir David led GCHQ, the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, from 2003 to 2008.  He took a degree in Physics and a DPhil in Theoretical Physics at St John’s College Oxford, and joined GCHQ in 1972.  He spent almost all his career there, working at various times in intelligence production, cryptanalysis, finance, planning and HR. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2005.

Since retiring from GCHQ, he has done consulting work on cybersecurity and national security issues in both public and private sectors.  Since August 2014 he has been Chairman of the Board of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory based at Porton Down.

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