Museum open days to mark Battle of Britain
Bentley Priory’s pivotal role remembered this month
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. co.uk.
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.
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