In the age of Twitter, Instagram and WikiLeaks, it is difficult to imagine a world where people kept quiet about state secrets. However, during the Second World War, thousands of apparently secret sites across Britain were turned over to the war effort, either requisitioned, repurposed or built from scratch with their precise role often concealed even from those living close by.
Author Colin Philpott, has studied the stories of these factories, command centres, spying bases, decoy airfields, battle rehearsal sites, research facilities, interrogation centres, and other wartime locations for his third book ‘Secret Wartime Britain‘ published last autumn.
Colin explains how secret they really were. Why did so many manage to stay in the shadows? How was it that, even many years after 1945, the true role of many of these places remained unknown for decades? His book reveals how few people broke special wartime regulations designed to protect secret information during the Second World War and also contains the testimonies of people who worked at secret sites.
There will be an opportunity to explore the Fort’s tunnels before the talk between 6 pm & 7 pm.