Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Biggin Hill; inspiring generations, remembering the Few and honouring the Many There has long been a wish to remember those who served at Biggin Hill in the Second World War, particularly during the Battle of Britain, through the building of a dedicated heritage centre.

The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust has been established to achieve this ambition, by developing the St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance site, bringing the Chapel and heritage centre together, to create the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum. This approach will both safeguard the future of the Chapel, and the memory of Biggin Hill’s crucial role in protecting our freedom and way of life, for everyone.

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Introducing the start of our Half Term events series From the 15th October – Friday 22nd October there will be self-led ...
14/10/2021

Introducing the start of our Half Term events series

From the 15th October – Friday 22nd October there will be self-led craft sessions every day from 11am-3pm,

Learn how to make your own tissue paper poppy in time for Remembrance Day

Introducing the start of our Half Term events series

From the 15th October – Friday 22nd October there will be self-led craft sessions every day from 11am-3pm,

Learn how to make your own tissue paper poppy in time for Remembrance Day

Visit Biggin Hill Memorial Museum this half term, and pick up one of our fun family activity packs and learn all about l...
13/10/2021

Visit Biggin Hill Memorial Museum this half term, and pick up one of our fun family activity packs and learn all about life at Biggin Hill or take part in the Scramblegram Challenge!

A Scramblegram Challenge and family puzzle packs are available daily throughout the half term holidays (apart from Mondays when the museum is closed). Activities are all included in the price of a museum entry ticket.

Please note that children must be always accompanied by an adult. Check out our website for further details on https://lght.ly/j5ho6f

Remembrance DayThursday 11th November from 10:45amJoin us to mark Remembrance Day. Meet at the flagpole at 10:45am for p...
12/10/2021

Remembrance Day
Thursday 11th November from 10:45am

Join us to mark Remembrance Day. Meet at the flagpole at 10:45am for prayers led by Reverend Alison Newman and a 2 minute silence.
#remembranceday #wewillrememberthem

Remembrance Day
Thursday 11th November from 10:45am

Join us to mark Remembrance Day. Meet at the flagpole at 10:45am for prayers led by Reverend Alison Newman and a 2 minute silence.
#remembranceday #wewillrememberthem

Morning Talk: Flight Lieutenant Vincent BuntingOn Fridays 22nd and 29th October 11:30amTo mark Black History Month join ...
11/10/2021

Morning Talk: Flight Lieutenant Vincent Bunting
On Fridays 22nd and 29th October 11:30am

To mark Black History Month join Aden Lane (BHMM volunteer), for a talk about the Jamaican fighter pilot, Vincent Bunting. He joined 611 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill in December 1942 and flew Spitfires until October 1944.

No need to book. Free with museum admission ticket.
#blackhistorymonth #museumtalk #raf

Morning Talk: Flight Lieutenant Vincent Bunting
On Fridays 22nd and 29th October 11:30am

To mark Black History Month join Aden Lane (BHMM volunteer), for a talk about the Jamaican fighter pilot, Vincent Bunting. He joined 611 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill in December 1942 and flew Spitfires until October 1944.

No need to book. Free with museum admission ticket.
#blackhistorymonth #museumtalk #raf

Half term is approaching, and if you are already worried about how you’re going to keep your little ones busy on these c...
10/10/2021

Half term is approaching, and if you are already worried about how you’re going to keep your little ones busy on these cold rainy days, then look no further, as we have half term covered!

Be inspired and have fun at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum this October Half Term with a programme of activities centred around the theme of ‘Remembrance’. Here's what's on:

Half term is approaching, and if you are already worried about how you’re going to keep your little ones busy on these cold rainy days, then look no further, as we have half term covered!

Be inspired and have fun at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum this October Half Term with a programme of activities centred around the theme of ‘Remembrance’. Here's what's on:

Christmas Candle Making Craft Workshop and Afternoon TeaSaturday 4th December 3pm£15Join us on Saturday 4th December for...
10/10/2021

Christmas Candle Making Craft Workshop and Afternoon Tea
Saturday 4th December 3pm
£15

Join us on Saturday 4th December for a Candle Making Craft Workshop and Afternoon Tea in the Nightingale Cafe. Make your own candle in a teacup, ideal as a Christmas gift and learn more about 1940's crafting, whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea.
Book here: https://lght.ly/95g1m7l

£15 per person (excluding booking fee)
#christmascrafts #afternoontea #nightingalecafe

Christmas Candle Making Craft Workshop and Afternoon Tea
Saturday 4th December 3pm
£15

Join us on Saturday 4th December for a Candle Making Craft Workshop and Afternoon Tea in the Nightingale Cafe. Make your own candle in a teacup, ideal as a Christmas gift and learn more about 1940's crafting, whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea.
Book here: https://lght.ly/95g1m7l

£15 per person (excluding booking fee)
#christmascrafts #afternoontea #nightingalecafe

Biggin Hill are honoured to be hosting The Band of RAF Regiment at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance, to commemorate...
09/10/2021

Biggin Hill are honoured to be hosting The Band of RAF Regiment at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance, to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain.

It promises to be a wonderful evening for all the family

Be sure to get your ticket on the link below or by scanning the QR Code, before they sell out!
https://lght.ly/gigj5el

Biggin Hill are honoured to be hosting The Band of RAF Regiment at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance, to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain.

It promises to be a wonderful evening for all the family

Be sure to get your ticket on the link below or by scanning the QR Code, before they sell out!
https://lght.ly/gigj5el

Ceramic Poppy Making WorkshopSaturday 6th November 10am and 2pm£5 per person, including a hot drinkJoin us for a poppy m...
09/10/2021

Ceramic Poppy Making Workshop
Saturday 6th November 10am and 2pm
£5 per person, including a hot drink

Join us for a poppy making workshop where you’ll be able to experience using clay and producing your own unique poppy. After making your ceramic poppy, visit St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance and add a memorial message to our remembrance poppy curtain.

Places are limited so please contact Katie to book your place – [email protected]

This workshop is suitable for adults and children.
#remembrance #poppies #museumevent

Ceramic Poppy Making Workshop
Saturday 6th November 10am and 2pm
£5 per person, including a hot drink

Join us for a poppy making workshop where you’ll be able to experience using clay and producing your own unique poppy. After making your ceramic poppy, visit St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance and add a memorial message to our remembrance poppy curtain.

Places are limited so please contact Katie to book your place – [email protected]

This workshop is suitable for adults and children.
#remembrance #poppies #museumevent

The weather is getting colder and days are getting shorter...but Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and The Nightingale Café ar...
08/10/2021

The weather is getting colder and days are getting shorter...but Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and The Nightingale Café are open, welcoming visitors 6 days a week!

The weather is getting colder and days are getting shorter...but Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and The Nightingale Café are open, welcoming visitors 6 days a week!

Adult Lecture Series: The buses that served RAF Biggin HillTuesday 30th November 7-8:30pmSt George's RAF Chapel of Remem...
08/10/2021

Adult Lecture Series: The buses that served RAF Biggin Hill
Tuesday 30th November 7-8:30pm
St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance

Join Tony Francis as he introduces the new book from the Omnibus Society, ‘They also served, Bus Route 410: The story of the buses that served RAF Biggin Hill and the surrounding area.’ Many serving at RAF Biggin Hill or attending the RAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre would have used Route 410 linking Bromley with the RAF Station. The book tells the story of that service and public transport around Biggin Hill.

Tickets are £10 and £8 for members (excludes booking fee).
Book here: https://lght.ly/hbdn5ab
#museumtalk #raf #heritage

Adult Lecture Series: The buses that served RAF Biggin Hill
Tuesday 30th November 7-8:30pm
St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance

Join Tony Francis as he introduces the new book from the Omnibus Society, ‘They also served, Bus Route 410: The story of the buses that served RAF Biggin Hill and the surrounding area.’ Many serving at RAF Biggin Hill or attending the RAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre would have used Route 410 linking Bromley with the RAF Station. The book tells the story of that service and public transport around Biggin Hill.

Tickets are £10 and £8 for members (excludes booking fee).
Book here: https://lght.ly/hbdn5ab
#museumtalk #raf #heritage

A 1940s Christmas at Biggin Hill11th December 1-4pmStep back in time to Christmas in the 1940s at Biggin Hill Memorial M...
06/10/2021

A 1940s Christmas at Biggin Hill
11th December 1-4pm

Step back in time to Christmas in the 1940s at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.
Celebrate the beginning of the festive season, join us for our Winter Craft Fayre where we have craft stalls showcasing handcrafted items which will inspire shoppers who are looking for something ‘a bit different’. Children can have fun with craft activities and games and meet our spiffing spitfire pilot and 1940s Housewife.
Join our carol concert in St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance.

Visitors can relax and refuel with delicious cakes, hot food, mince pies and mulled wine in our Nightingale Cafe.

Booking is required. Free with museum admission ticket. Book here: https://lght.ly/bhl1jam

More details to follow soon…..
#1940schristmas #christmasfair #carolconcert #nightingalecafe

A 1940s Christmas at Biggin Hill
11th December 1-4pm

Step back in time to Christmas in the 1940s at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.
Celebrate the beginning of the festive season, join us for our Winter Craft Fayre where we have craft stalls showcasing handcrafted items which will inspire shoppers who are looking for something ‘a bit different’. Children can have fun with craft activities and games and meet our spiffing spitfire pilot and 1940s Housewife.
Join our carol concert in St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance.

Visitors can relax and refuel with delicious cakes, hot food, mince pies and mulled wine in our Nightingale Cafe.

Booking is required. Free with museum admission ticket. Book here: https://lght.ly/bhl1jam

More details to follow soon…..
#1940schristmas #christmasfair #carolconcert #nightingalecafe

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment performing at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance30/10/21 from 7pm£15Join us for ...
05/10/2021

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment performing at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
30/10/21 from 7pm
£15
Join us for a musical concert to mark the end of the Battle of Britain. Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1942, the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage. From changing the guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC radio broadcasts, the band continues to demonstrate its versatility and excellence.

Director of Music: Flight Lieutenant Michael Parsons, BA (Hons), LRSM, LLCM, RAF

Concert starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:15pm, car park open from 6pm.
Book here: https://bhmm.org.uk/event/band-of-the-royal-air-force-regiment-performing-at-st-georges-raf-chapel-of-remembrance/
With thanks to the Battle of Britain Historical Society Limited for sponsoring this event.
#raf #museumevent #battleofbritain

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment performing at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
30/10/21 from 7pm
£15
Join us for a musical concert to mark the end of the Battle of Britain. Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1942, the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage. From changing the guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC radio broadcasts, the band continues to demonstrate its versatility and excellence.

Director of Music: Flight Lieutenant Michael Parsons, BA (Hons), LRSM, LLCM, RAF

Concert starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:15pm, car park open from 6pm.
Book here: https://bhmm.org.uk/event/band-of-the-royal-air-force-regiment-performing-at-st-georges-raf-chapel-of-remembrance/
With thanks to the Battle of Britain Historical Society Limited for sponsoring this event.
#raf #museumevent #battleofbritain

In October 1992 the RAF finally left Biggin Hill. A farewell dinner was held in the Officer's Mess and a decommissioning...
04/10/2021

In October 1992 the RAF finally left Biggin Hill. A farewell dinner was held in the Officer's Mess and a decommissioning service in St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance. Finally, the Last Post was played and the Standard lowered. The Chapel was still managed by the RAF until 2016 when it was transferred to the care of the London Borough of Bromley and plans for a museum were drawn up. The council put up 2 blue plaques by the gates in 1995, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day and to pay tribute to the RAF Station 1917-1992.
#raf #remembrance #bromley

In October 1992 the RAF finally left Biggin Hill. A farewell dinner was held in the Officer's Mess and a decommissioning service in St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance. Finally, the Last Post was played and the Standard lowered. The Chapel was still managed by the RAF until 2016 when it was transferred to the care of the London Borough of Bromley and plans for a museum were drawn up. The council put up 2 blue plaques by the gates in 1995, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day and to pay tribute to the RAF Station 1917-1992.
#raf #remembrance #bromley

‘Sailor’ Malan’s Birthday Adolf ‘Sailor’ Malan was born in Wellington, South Africa, on 3rd October 1910. He was a disti...
03/10/2021

‘Sailor’ Malan’s Birthday

Adolf ‘Sailor’ Malan was born in Wellington, South Africa, on 3rd October 1910. He was a distinguished Second World War fighter pilot, known as ‘Sailor’ due to his time in the navy. He joined the RAF in 1936 and led 74 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He had already earned his reputation as a flying ace by the time he arrived at Biggin Hill in October 1940, having shot down nearly 20 aircraft. He received the Distinguished Service Order in December 1940 and the following March he was made Wing Commander at Biggin Hill. In recognition of his leadership and tactical skills he was appointed Station Commander in 1943. Sailor developed a set of 10 rules for fighter pilots and these were displayed in RAF stations all over the country. The rules included, ‘height gives you the initiative,’ and, ‘always turn and face the attack.’

After the war he returned to his native South Africa and was involved in the campaign against Apartheid. He founded and became National President of ‘The Torch Commando’, an organisation dedicated to fighting for racial equality. A number of South African ex-servicemen took part in the mass protests. Having fought against the N***s they wanted to continue with the struggle for freedom. Sailor gave an impassioned speech at rally in Johannesburg: ‘The strength of this gathering is evidence that the men and women who fought in the war for freedom still cherish what they fought for. We are determined not be denied the fruits of that victory.’ Unfortunately, the organisation was suppressed but Sailor maintained his strong values. Sadly, Sailor Malan died in 1963, aged only 52, after succumbing to Parkinson’s disease. He will always be remembered as one of ‘The Few,’ who bravely defended the skies during the Battle of Britain.

#battleofbritain #raf #wewillrememberthem

‘Sailor’ Malan’s Birthday

Adolf ‘Sailor’ Malan was born in Wellington, South Africa, on 3rd October 1910. He was a distinguished Second World War fighter pilot, known as ‘Sailor’ due to his time in the navy. He joined the RAF in 1936 and led 74 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He had already earned his reputation as a flying ace by the time he arrived at Biggin Hill in October 1940, having shot down nearly 20 aircraft. He received the Distinguished Service Order in December 1940 and the following March he was made Wing Commander at Biggin Hill. In recognition of his leadership and tactical skills he was appointed Station Commander in 1943. Sailor developed a set of 10 rules for fighter pilots and these were displayed in RAF stations all over the country. The rules included, ‘height gives you the initiative,’ and, ‘always turn and face the attack.’

After the war he returned to his native South Africa and was involved in the campaign against Apartheid. He founded and became National President of ‘The Torch Commando’, an organisation dedicated to fighting for racial equality. A number of South African ex-servicemen took part in the mass protests. Having fought against the N***s they wanted to continue with the struggle for freedom. Sailor gave an impassioned speech at rally in Johannesburg: ‘The strength of this gathering is evidence that the men and women who fought in the war for freedom still cherish what they fought for. We are determined not be denied the fruits of that victory.’ Unfortunately, the organisation was suppressed but Sailor maintained his strong values. Sadly, Sailor Malan died in 1963, aged only 52, after succumbing to Parkinson’s disease. He will always be remembered as one of ‘The Few,’ who bravely defended the skies during the Battle of Britain.

#battleofbritain #raf #wewillrememberthem

Warm yourself with a comforting bowl of soup or enjoy a sandwich this autumn at the Nightingale Cafe. No need to pay mus...
02/10/2021

Warm yourself with a comforting bowl of soup or enjoy a sandwich this autumn at the Nightingale Cafe. No need to pay museum admission to visit.
#nightingalecafe #autumn #museumcafe

Warm yourself with a comforting bowl of soup or enjoy a sandwich this autumn at the Nightingale Cafe. No need to pay museum admission to visit.
#nightingalecafe #autumn #museumcafe

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment Performing at St George's RAF Chapel of RemembranceSaturday 30th October 7-9pm£15Jo...
01/10/2021

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment Performing at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
Saturday 30th October 7-9pm
£15

Join us for a musical concert to mark the end of the Battle of Britain.
Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1942, the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage. From changing the guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC radio broadcasts, the band continues to demonstrate its versatility and excellence.

With thanks to the Battle of Britain Historical Society for sponsoring this event.
Book your tickets here: https://lght.ly/bmjl70n

#raf #concert #museumevent

Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment Performing at St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
Saturday 30th October 7-9pm
£15

Join us for a musical concert to mark the end of the Battle of Britain.
Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1942, the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage. From changing the guard at Buckingham Palace to live BBC radio broadcasts, the band continues to demonstrate its versatility and excellence.

With thanks to the Battle of Britain Historical Society for sponsoring this event.
Book your tickets here: https://lght.ly/bmjl70n

#raf #concert #museumevent

Address

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, Main Road, Biggin Hill
Biggin Hill
TN16 3EJ

General information

We tell the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station through the personal experiences of those who served there, and the community that supported them. The museum is situated on the same site as St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, built in 1951 to preserve the legacy of those who served and died at Biggin Hill during the Second World War. The museum safeguards the future of this important building. Opening times Tuesday for pre booked groups and schools Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Last admission at 4pm. We are open throughout the year, except 24-26 December. Admission ticket needed for the museum exhibitions Café and outdoor terrace The Nightingale Café is named in honour of the original Nightingale Café located on Biggin Hill’s South Camp. Allergen information is available for all our dishes please ask a member of staff for further details. Outside seating is available on the terrace giving views over to the airfield. If you are lucky enjoy seeing the Spitfires take off while you refresh with lunch or cake. Shop Our onsite shop stocks a range of merchandise from unique to specialist chosen with RAF Biggin Hill and its community in mind.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

+441959422414

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Sailor Malan Ten Rules of Air Fighting.
Videos from /11/09/2021/ - Back to the 40,s Community Day.
Hello folks, I had to do some looking to find this detail, just thought you might be intrigued! ;) https://www.facebook.com/509155489112351/photos/a.1208966845797875/4541822249178968/
Hi there, I've got some framed Spitfire Prints and a Royal Mail signed First Day Cover that I would like to loan to the Museum if your interested. Best Wishes Mr Alan Shine
From the original, “The Battle of Britian" .🇬🇧
A very enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Although not large, the Museum and Chapel are very interesting and well worth visiting. Nice Cafe as well. Sit with a drink and something to eat whilst watching the Spitfires etc taking off. Marvellous. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable
The control column of Hawker Hurricane P3815 is on display in the museum. 80 years ago to the day, it was being flown in combat by Sgt James Lacey, who attacked a Me bf110 of Erprobungs Gruppe 210 off of Ramsgate.
Is the big band concert scheduled for Sunday cancelled ??
I have emailed the Biggin Hill Museum quite a few times over the last few years re this item in my possession but nobody has ever replied and time and space issues are now making me come to conclusion its time to move it on to a new home where it can be fully researched and possibly displayed . Its two single wartime bed sheets sewn together and absolutely covered in beautifully embroidered signatures . Using my limited powers of research I have dated it to the winter of 1942-43 at at Biggin Hill and I suspect that it is mainly Groundcrew/WAAfs etc although I have recently discovered some Pilot names on it and there are three squadrons named including the Free French Sqdn . Then it all takes a bizarre twist with the inclusion of the signature of Ruth Ellis and it took me sometime to discover her connection to RAF Biggin Hill ! The Museum would appear to be the ideal location for this but if still no response or interest I will offer it for sale , it seems a shame for it to be sat in a cupboard when more research could bring out interesting stories ... and the faint, very faint ,possibility that one or two of the signatories are still alive and can tell the story !