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The Kaiser's Spy in Scotland

The Kaiser's Spy in Scotland

Friday, 14 Nov 2014
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A secret agent’s spy kit goes on display for the first time at the National Records of Scotland in an exhibition on German espionage in Scotland before the First World War. The exhibition tells the story of Dr Armgaard Karl Graves, who undertook a secret mission to Scotland in 1912 under orders from Berlin to obtain vital information about the Royal Navy’s latest weaponry and strength. The exhibition uses intercepted documents and items seized from Graves to demonstrate how MO5, the forerunner of MI5, carried out its surveillance and capture of foreign agents.

‘The Kaiser’s Spy in Scotland: Naval espionage before the Great War’ is on show at General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, from 14 November until 9 January 2015 (except 25-26 December 2014 and 1-2 January 2014), Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:30, entry free.