Noor Khan: behind enemy lines

SOE Agent Noor Inayat Khan, 1914-1944
(HS 9/836/5)
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Would you like to meet Noor Khan, SOE agent?

This session introduces pupils to Secret Agent Noor Inayat Khan (played by a historical interpreter).

Students play the role of trainee agents, preparing for their first mission. It is 1943 and Noor is imprisoned at Pforzheim Prison in Germany. She explains her role as Wireless Operator in France and talks about the betrayal that led to her arrest. She shares information about her life and experiences as an agent with the trainees, who are encouraged to question her about her training and her survival in the field.

A pack of preparation materials, including documents from Noor Khan’s file, are available to help you get ready for the session.

This session is delivered as a workshop, videoconference or virtual classroom. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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This session is delivered as a:


in your classroom

1 hour

Available: Dates to be confirmed

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Can be adapted to the needs of your group. Please discuss with an education officer when booking.

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