WHITCHURCH Museum and Archives will host a virtual open event this month to explore the town's involvement in the Second World War.

Because of Covid-19 concerns it has not been possible for the volunteers from Whitchurch Museum and Archives to organise their usual activities for National Heritage Open Days.

In previous years buildings around the town have been opened up, groups have been taken to the top of St.Alkmund's tower, and guided walks have been organised.

This year, for the first time, there will be an online event which will take place on Youtube on Thursday, September 17 at 2pm.

The event is entitled 'International Activity around Whitchurch in World War 2'.

It is an online talk about the activities of soldiers and civilians from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, America and Germany, in and around Whitchurch during and slightly after the Second World War.

The talk covers the town's links to the D-Day preparations, Operation Anthropoid, why there are Polish War Graves in the cemetery and the first two uses of Prees Heath before the RAF turned up.

Information on how to view can be found on www.heritageopendays.org.uk