Harrogate school's 'secrets of wartime Britain' event with ex-BBC author

A virtual tour of secret Second World War sites by a former BBC journalist will kick-off a series of exciting online talks at a Harrogate school.

Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:13 am
Updated Friday, 12th February 2021, 10:16 am
Former BBC journalist and author Colin Philpott will present the stories of hidden places, including many in Yorkshire and the Harrogate district as part of the Rossett Talks series.

Former BBC journalist Colin Philpott will present the stories of hidden places, including many in Yorkshire, which were built or requisitioned during the Second World War as part of the war effort as part of the Rossett Adult Learning Programme

Being held online because of the pandemic, this year's Rossett Talks series will include command centres, spying bases, factories, interrogation centres, retreats for Government and the Royal Family and even sites where chemical weapons research took place.

Mr Philpott will also reveal the extent to which people kept vital war installations secret and the measures taken to try to prevent ‘careless talk’ during wartime.

The talk will be based on research which formed the basis of his book, ‘Secret Wartime Britain’.

Previously, he has written books on the architectural legacy of the Nazis and on the long-term impact on places where major news events take place.

He is a former Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford and was a BBC journalist and programme maker for 25 years, including seven years as Head of BBC Yorkshire.

Mr Philpott, who lives in Bishop Monkton, will deliver the opening talk in the series by Zoom on February 22

Four further talks in the series by other experts will focus on the Zero Waste Society, Memorialising the Great War, the Vale of York Hoard and Childhood in Late Medieval England.

Full details of how to book for all five talks in the series, part of the Rossett Adult Learning Programme, can be found at -


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