Bentley Priory Museum

Bentley Priory Museum Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating history of Bentley Priory, focusing on its role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
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Join us on 7 June for this timely lecture commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, by historian Aldon Ferguson.Aldon...
20/05/2019

Join us on 7 June for this timely lecture commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, by historian Aldon Ferguson.

Aldon’ is a leading expert in military aviation history and a founder member of the Airfield Research Group. He is the archivist and author of the history of No 611 (Fighter) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force and has written many books and magazine articles on RAF History.

Places for the talk can be booked through our website: https://buff.ly/2EmnWbM

This week is National Vegetarian Week. Did you know Hugh Dowding was a vegetarian? He and his second wife, Muriel, were ...
18/05/2019

This week is National Vegetarian Week. Did you know Hugh Dowding was a vegetarian?
He and his second wife, Muriel, were also both anti-vivisectionists and he was once President of the National Anti-Vivisection Society. The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research, set up in 1974, is named in his memory.

We're very excited to announce that Battle of Britain Veteran Archie McInnes plans to join Mark Postlethwaite GAvA on Sa...
17/05/2019

We're very excited to announce that Battle of Britain Veteran Archie McInnes plans to join Mark Postlethwaite GAvA on Saturday 1 June at 12.00 to sell and sign copies of his new book Against Adversity, written by Jonny Cracknell, and to contribute to Mark's artwork.
Archie joined the RAFVR in 1938 when he was just 19 years old, and flew Hurricanes with 601 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
We're honoured to be joined by Archie and hope visitors will enjoy this wonderful opportunity.
This event will be included in standard Museum admission and Annual Membership. Please visit our website for full pricing information - www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk

History Hit
17/05/2019
History Hit

History Hit

“We could out-turn it, but you couldn’t turn all day. As the number of 190s increased, so the depth of our penetrations deceased. They drove us back to the coast.”

- The RAF’s top scoring fighter pilot against the Fw190, Air Vice Marshall James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson CB, CBE, DSO and Two Bars, DFC and Bar.

We are looking forward to welcoming aviation artist Mark Postlethwaite GAvA to the Museum as artist-in-residence for a w...
15/05/2019

We are looking forward to welcoming aviation artist Mark Postlethwaite GAvA to the Museum as artist-in-residence for a week between Monday 27 May - Saturday 1 June.
Mark will be painting in the Museum galleries, and also giving a Friday Morning Talk at the end of that week, on Friday 31 May.
Prints of some of Mark’s incredible paintings are on display in the Rotunda, and they all tell a story.
For example, the second image below shows 11 Hurricanes from the Polish 303 Squadron in formation on the morning of 27 September 1940. Whilst intercepting an enemy raid over the Thames they were attacked by another group of Me109s. Two Squadron members were killed in the operation and another badly injured.
The third image shows PO William ‘Bill’ Watling hauling himself out of his burning aircraft. He suffered burns to his hands and face but was operational just a month later. Tragically he was killed in a flying accident in 1941.

15/05/2019
Battle of Britain expert Dilip Sarkar MBE & Special Guest Jim Nicolson share their passion.

A taster of what our special day of talks from Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS and Andy Long will include on Saturday 6 July.

Coincidentally, this video features Jim Nicolson, nephew of BOB pilot & VC winner James Nicolson, who will be doing a Friday Morning Talk on 22 November.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQLUYRnelas&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR00AgPC8ee4ldb7DsiTwug2n_ZfN7paMJGk6GbKv12Qd_uT1luAuX_RgHU

Find out more about both events here:
Saturday 6 July - https://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/an-audience-with-dilip-sarkar-mbe/
Friday 22 November: https://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/friday-morning-talks-james-nicolson-vc/

Best-selling author & historian Dilip Sarkar MBE FRHistS at University of Worcester, with special guest Jim Nicolson, nephew of Fighter Command's only VC, Wi...

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our guides Howard and Gerard at The Royal Air Force Museum, London for their fant...
14/05/2019

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our guides Howard and Gerard at The Royal Air Force Museum, London for their fantastic tours today for a group of staff and volunteers. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Have you been to see the The Guild of Aviation Artists - GAvA  artworks on display in our Temporary Exhibition Gallery y...
12/05/2019

Have you been to see the The Guild of Aviation Artists - GAvA artworks on display in our Temporary Exhibition Gallery yet? These, and other, fantastic pieces are on display for another two months, until Saturday 13th July.

May half-term starts in a fortnight! Don't forget we will be open EVERY WEEKDAY between Saturday 25th May - Saturday 1st...
10/05/2019

May half-term starts in a fortnight! Don't forget we will be open EVERY WEEKDAY between Saturday 25th May - Saturday 1st June. [not open Sunday 26th May].
Visit with the family and take part in our exciting activities - Junior Artists in Residence and working with professional artist Mark Postlethwaite GAvA.

Today is the 74th anniversary of VE Day. Do you have stories, or even memories, of the celebrations that took place acro...
08/05/2019

Today is the 74th anniversary of VE Day. Do you have stories, or even memories, of the celebrations that took place across the country? We'd love to have them shared below...

Just two months to go before our day of talks from historians Dilip Sarkar and Andy Long, on Saturday 6th July. The day ...
06/05/2019

Just two months to go before our day of talks from historians Dilip Sarkar and Andy Long, on Saturday 6th July.

The day will comprise of three fascinating talks, with breaks in between.
Dilip Sarkar will deliver two talks. The first, Spitfire Squadron, focuses on 19 Squadron during the Dunkirk and Battle of Britain period.
The second, I Knew the Few, is uniquely illustrated with photographs from his personal albums.
In the middle, Andy Long will talk about the often forgotten role of the Defiant aircraft.

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will only be open to ticket holders for this event on that day.

Some of our team are exhibiting at The Shuttleworth Collection today - come and say hello if you’re here!
05/05/2019

Some of our team are exhibiting at The Shuttleworth Collection today - come and say hello if you’re here!

Rounding off National Gardening Week with two more photos from The Gardener. First the Wisteria, adorning the balcony st...
04/05/2019

Rounding off National Gardening Week with two more photos from The Gardener. First the Wisteria, adorning the balcony stairs and smelling amazing. Then the Pieris, brightening up the garden with it's fabulous colour.

This week is National Gardening Week, which seems like the prime time to share our gratitude to all our gardening volunt...
02/05/2019

This week is National Gardening Week, which seems like the prime time to share our gratitude to all our gardening volunteers who maintain our lovely gardens. It's not always so nice and sunny, but our volunteers are out there working hard in all sorts of weather.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: This May Half-Term we will be open EVERY WEEKDAY, between Monday 27 May and Saturday 1 June.Durin...
01/05/2019

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: This May Half-Term we will be open EVERY WEEKDAY, between Monday 27 May and Saturday 1 June.
During this time there will be exciting activities for general and family visitors.
Families can take part in our ‘Junior Artists in Residence’ activity – easels will be placed across the galleries (and outside, weather permitting) for you to create your own Battle of Britain inspired artwork.
This will be running alongside professional aviation artist, Mark Postlethwaite, working as an Artist in Residence that week. Visitors can contribute to a new artwork he will be creating on site.
Finally, on Friday 31 May, Mark will be delivering a Friday Morning Talk covering his thirty years of painting aircraft.

There’s some fabulous flowers appearing in our garden. This photo, from one of our volunteer gardeners, shows a beauti...
27/04/2019

There’s some fabulous flowers appearing in our garden. This photo, from one of our volunteer gardeners, shows a beautiful Azalea Japonica ‘Baggio’.

If you’re interested in volunteering in the garden, email [email protected] to find out more!

Join us next Friday, 3 May, for another Friday Morning Talk from Capt. Arthur Creighton. Arthur's previous talk was abou...
26/04/2019

Join us next Friday, 3 May, for another Friday Morning Talk from Capt. Arthur Creighton.

Arthur's previous talk was about aviatrix Jean Batten, in February this year. This talk will be more personal as he will share with us his experiences in Bomber Command during the Cold War.

On this day in 1882 Hugh Dowding was born in Moffat, Scotland.He's known for his crucial preparation before the Battle o...
24/04/2019

On this day in 1882 Hugh Dowding was born in Moffat, Scotland.
He's known for his crucial preparation before the Battle of Britain, and his leadership during it.
However, there is more to his story. Which of these facts did you know about him?
- His first military career was in the Army.
- He flew with the Royal Flying Corps in WWI.
- During the inter-war years he won a gold medal at the National Slalom Championships.
- He was a spiritualist and wrote several books on the topic.
Is there anything else you'd like to share that others might not know?

100 years ago today, WWII pilot Eric Lock was born in Shropshire. Lock is known for being the highest scoring British Ac...
19/04/2019

100 years ago today, WWII pilot Eric Lock was born in Shropshire. Lock is known for being the highest scoring British Ace in the Battle of Britain.
He also became one of Sir Archibald McIndoe's ‘Guinea Pigs’ after crash landing at Martlesham Heath in November 1940, where he was trapped in his aircraft for two hours before being rescued by two soldiers with a makeshift stretcher.
Tragically he was lost over the English Channel in 1941, aged just 22. He is now remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, along with thousands of other WWII RAF casualties whose bodies were never recovered.

We are open as usual today, Good Friday, tomorrow and Easter Monday, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm). Why not visit and ...
19/04/2019

We are open as usual today, Good Friday, tomorrow and Easter Monday, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Why not visit and make the most of the sunshine, enjoy some cake and immerse yourself in our history!

Another NEW item in our shop. This scarf has been specially designed to represent the three coloured triangular segments...
18/04/2019

Another NEW item in our shop. This scarf has been specially designed to represent the three coloured triangular segments of an Operations Room Clock, as displayed in our galleries. On sale now!

There's still another week left of our Crack the Code activity!We're open as usual over the Bank Holiday Weekend: Good F...
17/04/2019

There's still another week left of our Crack the Code activity!

We're open as usual over the Bank Holiday Weekend:
Good Friday, 19 April
Saturday 20 April
Easter Monday, 22 April
10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm).

Crack the Code will be available up to and including Wednesday 24 April.

It's the Easter Holidays! Egg-splore the galleries this holiday with our special 'Crack the Code' trail.Find all the clu...
05/04/2019

It's the Easter Holidays! Egg-splore the galleries this holiday with our special 'Crack the Code' trail.
Find all the clues and crack the code to win your prize!
The trail will be available all day on our open days between Saturday 6 – Wednesday 24 April 2019.

We're delighted to be hosting 20 pieces from artists of the The Guild of Aviation Artists - GAvA between 6 April - 13 Ju...
04/04/2019

We're delighted to be hosting 20 pieces from artists of the The Guild of Aviation Artists - GAvA between 6 April - 13 July.

As the exhibition is up slightly ahead of schedule, visitors to our Friday Morning Talk, and the Museum in general, tomorrow will also be able to enjoy this exhibition.

Our next Friday Morning Talk will be in a fortnight, on Friday 5 April, 11am.Colin Brooks, from the Radio Society of Har...
21/03/2019

Our next Friday Morning Talk will be in a fortnight, on Friday 5 April, 11am.

Colin Brooks, from the Radio Society of Harrow, will be speaking about the early warning systems that preceded the development of radar.

This talk is an introduction to the thinking of scientists, politicians and military in the early early 20th century.

Included in Museum admission, Annual Membership, or £5 donation.

Celebrating World Poetry Day with a lovely Spring poem from Battle of Britain veteran Flt Lt William Walker. Walker, who...
21/03/2019

Celebrating World Poetry Day with a lovely Spring poem from Battle of Britain veteran Flt Lt William Walker.

Walker, who died in 2012 aged 99, is remembered by a commemorative bench in our gardens. The perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden in springtime.

Huge thanks to Vernon Creek from the RAF Museum for his insightful talk this morning on flying helmets over the last 100...
15/03/2019

Huge thanks to Vernon Creek from the RAF Museum for his insightful talk this morning on flying helmets over the last 100 years, and for bringing examples to try!

Happy International Women's Day. The work of the WAAF is integral to the story we tell of The One, The Few & The Many al...
08/03/2019

Happy International Women's Day. The work of the WAAF is integral to the story we tell of The One, The Few & The Many all year round, but this particular day is always a good opportunity to showcase some of the remarkable women that served in the WAAF.

This World Book Day we’re wondering which are your favourite books on all things Battle of Britain. Let us know in the...
07/03/2019

This World Book Day we’re wondering which are your favourite books on all things Battle of Britain.
Let us know in the comments.
This is a small selection of those we have available as reference for volunteers and staff.

The gorgeous sunshine earlier this week got us ready for our summer opening hours. From today we’re open 10am - 5pm (l...
01/03/2019

The gorgeous sunshine earlier this week got us ready for our summer opening hours. From today we’re open 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm).

If you're thinking about attending any of our Friday Morning Talks, we do advise that you reserve your place in advance....
28/02/2019
Friday Morning Talks: Reserve Your Place

If you're thinking about attending any of our Friday Morning Talks, we do advise that you reserve your place in advance.

You can do that for all upcoming talks here: https://online1.venpos.net/site/ShowPage.aspx?LID=394&PID=dfe32001-00d5-4f91-a3cf-ddffb9c00a5d

Our next Friday Morning Talk will be on Friday 15 March. Vernon Creek, Access & Learning Officer at the RAF Museum, will be exploring headwear over the first century of powered flight, and bringing examples to try on!

Please note that access to the Friday Morning Talks is included in standard Museum admission and Annual Membership, or a recommended donation of £5 to attend the talk only if you do not wish to visit the Museum galleries. 

There’s still time to get your half-term sugar fix - biscuit decorating is on today and tomorrow, 11am - 3pm.
22/02/2019

There’s still time to get your half-term sugar fix - biscuit decorating is on today and tomorrow, 11am - 3pm.

Exciting NEW stock now on sale in our shop! We’re going to call these two lovely little chaps Cyril and Pete. They’r...
14/02/2019

Exciting NEW stock now on sale in our shop! We’re going to call these two lovely little chaps Cyril and Pete. They’re joined by their keyringed-companion, Denis.

February half-term is just over a week away! This holiday we’ll be doing biscuit decorating with a twist - the biscuit...
07/02/2019

February half-term is just over a week away! This holiday we’ll be doing biscuit decorating with a twist - the biscuits will be the shape of RAF sweetheart brooches.

Originally a WWI creation, the tradition of sweetheart brooches continued into WWII. Often associated with being given to wives or girlfriends, they were also given to sisters, mothers or any loved one servicemen were leaving behind at home.

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23/01/2019

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We are open as usual today. The main roads approaching the Museum are clear but if visiting today do take care when ente...
23/01/2019

We are open as usual today. The main roads approaching the Museum are clear but if visiting today do take care when entering the estate and in the car park.

20/01/2019

1 more sleep to go!
Bentley Priory Museum re-opens to the public at 10.00am. The coffee will be on, the tea will be hot and Dowding will be waiting! Can't wait to see you!

Battle of Britain Lace Panel: Then and Now with Dr Carol Quarini. Come along on Friday 25th January at 11.00am to hear C...
18/01/2019
Friday Morning Talks: Reserve Your Place

Battle of Britain Lace Panel: Then and Now with Dr Carol Quarini.
Come along on Friday 25th January at 11.00am to hear Carol tell us how she has interpreted the Battle of Britain Lace Panel.
Want to let us know you are coming? You can reserve your space here: https://tinyurl.com/yazw5rkh

Please note that access to the Friday Morning Talks is included in standard Museum admission and Annual Membership, or a recommended donation of £5 to attend the talk only if you do not wish to visit the Museum galleries. 

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PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be closed from Monday 17th December 2018 and will re-open 10.00am Monday 21st January 2019!

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Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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