Mu­seum open days to mark Bat­tle of Bri­tain

Bent­ley Pri­ory’s piv­otal role re­mem­bered this month

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low

BENT­LEY Pri­ory Mu­seum is in­creas­ing its open­ing days dur­ing Septem­ber to com­mem­o­rate the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

As Head­quar­ters Fighter Com­mand, Bent­ley Pri­ory played a piv­otal role dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The mu­seum com­mem­o­rates the con­tri­bu­tion of Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Hugh Dowd­ing, the Bat­tle of Bri­tain air­crew and some of those who worked on the ground to en­sure vic­tory.

In ad­di­tion to its usual open­ing days of Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days, the mu­seum will be open on all Sun­days in Septem­ber, from 10am to 5pm.

A few fighter air­craft from The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Day Fly­past, or­gan­ised by Boult­bee Academy, are due to fly over Bent­ley Pri­ory, sub­ject to weather, with tim­ings to be con­firmed on the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Day web­site at www.bat­tle­of­bri­tain­day.

This Satur­day and Sun­day and on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26, there will be spe­cial per­for­mances of a be­spoke new choral com­po­si­tion ‘Fighter Com­mand and the Bat­tle for Bri­tain’, which will be per­formed by lo­cal group Tonic Choir and young peo­ple from St Johns CofE School, Grims­dyke School and Har­row Youth Choir.

The per­for­mances have been funded by the Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and Her­itage Lottery Fund.

A fly­past over Bent­ley Pri­ory Mu­seum from the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Flight has been re­quested for Satur­day at 3pm, sub­ject to weather.

Ad­vance tick­ets are needed for Septem­ber 19, 20 and 26 as ad­mis­sion tick­ets will not be avail­able on the day.

They are now avail­able to pur­chase from the mu­seum’s re­cep­tion or on 020 8950 5526.

Other events in­clude vintage hair and make-up on Satur­day, Septem­ber 26 and a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion, which will com­mem­o­rate the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of Pol­ish air­crew dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, which is in­cluded in the nor­mal ad­mis­sion costs to the mu­seum.

The ‘17,000 Rea­sons to Re­mem­ber’ ex­hi­bi­tion has been cu­rated from sto­ries of sur­viv­ing Pol­ish Air Force vet­er­ans and will be on dis­play at the mu­seum un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

n FLY­PAST: Bent­ley Pri­ory Mu­seum will mark the Bat­tle of Bri­tain an­niver­sary

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