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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Before it comes home on Sunday, why not come out on Saturday and join us for our NEW family activity for the Summer - Op...
09/07/2021

Before it comes home on Sunday, why not come out on Saturday and join us for our NEW family activity for the Summer - Operation Secret Garden.
Starting tomorrow, Saturday 10 July and on until Saturday 4 September.
Available all day on Museum open days, and included in Museum Admission. Book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

Before it comes home on Sunday, why not come out on Saturday and join us for our NEW family activity for the Summer - Operation Secret Garden.
Starting tomorrow, Saturday 10 July and on until Saturday 4 September.
Available all day on Museum open days, and included in Museum Admission. Book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

Did you know that you can enjoy a sound walk as you wander down to our NEW bunker exhibition by scanning a QR code on th...
08/07/2021

Did you know that you can enjoy a sound walk as you wander down to our NEW bunker exhibition by scanning a QR code on the first interpretation panel.
The project has been supported by podcasts and online talks, and whilst there are more to come you can find previous ones on our website: https://buff.ly/3ws0EcO
National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Did you know that you can enjoy a sound walk as you wander down to our NEW bunker exhibition by scanning a QR code on the first interpretation panel.
The project has been supported by podcasts and online talks, and whilst there are more to come you can find previous ones on our website: https://buff.ly/3ws0EcO
National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Join us this Friday, 9th July, at 11am for a fascinating online talk by Alex Sewell, exploring the story of eminent plas...
06/07/2021

Join us this Friday, 9th July, at 11am for a fascinating online talk by Alex Sewell, exploring the story of eminent plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe, who's work contributed to the physical and mental rehabilitation of airmen who had suffered burns in combat. These men formed a club called the Guinea Pig Club and their story is commemorated in an exhibition at East Grinstead Museum.
Find our more and book your place here: https://buff.ly/3yvafAT

Join us this Friday, 9th July, at 11am for a fascinating online talk by Alex Sewell, exploring the story of eminent plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe, who's work contributed to the physical and mental rehabilitation of airmen who had suffered burns in combat. These men formed a club called the Guinea Pig Club and their story is commemorated in an exhibition at East Grinstead Museum.
Find our more and book your place here: https://buff.ly/3yvafAT

Our Summer Holiday Activity, Operation Secret Garden, starts 1 week today!Put your spy skills to the test and join us fo...
03/07/2021

Our Summer Holiday Activity, Operation Secret Garden, starts 1 week today!
Put your spy skills to the test and join us for some code breaking fun!
Available all day on Museum open days between Saturday 10 July – Saturday 4 September 2021.
Included in Museum Admission or Annual Membership.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the museum must still be booked in advance. You can book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

Our Summer Holiday Activity, Operation Secret Garden, starts 1 week today!
Put your spy skills to the test and join us for some code breaking fun!
Available all day on Museum open days between Saturday 10 July – Saturday 4 September 2021.
Included in Museum Admission or Annual Membership.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the museum must still be booked in advance. You can book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

02/07/2021
Episode 10 Soundbite

Episode 10 of our Bentley Priory - Defending Britain from N**i & Nuclear Threat Podcast is now available! This week, podcast volunteer Dave reminisces on his interview with Flight Sergeant Gladys Eva back in 2020 as part of the Oral History project for the museum.
You can listen here: https://buff.ly/3yg0mau
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Why not mark the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain on 10th July by going on one of our tours offered as ...
01/07/2021

Why not mark the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain on 10th July by going on one of our tours offered as part of @BusheyFestival. There are still some places available on the tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Tickets are £7 per person and include access to the Museum afterwards.
Please note: tours are running on reduced capacity to enable social distancing. Pre-booked tickets are required.
Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3xqgoOC

Why not mark the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain on 10th July by going on one of our tours offered as part of @BusheyFestival. There are still some places available on the tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Tickets are £7 per person and include access to the Museum afterwards.
Please note: tours are running on reduced capacity to enable social distancing. Pre-booked tickets are required.
Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3xqgoOC

Just two weeks to go until our Summertime Sketching workshop - join local artist Alexandra Veres for a hands on pencil s...
30/06/2021

Just two weeks to go until our Summertime Sketching workshop - join local artist Alexandra Veres for a hands on pencil sketch workshop in our beautiful gardens.
All art abilities welcome, from beginner to expert.
All tickets include a free tea/coffee & cake in the Museum’s vintage cafe after the workshop!
Find out more and book your place here: https://buff.ly/3pUyful

Just two weeks to go until our Summertime Sketching workshop - join local artist Alexandra Veres for a hands on pencil sketch workshop in our beautiful gardens.
All art abilities welcome, from beginner to expert.
All tickets include a free tea/coffee & cake in the Museum’s vintage cafe after the workshop!
Find out more and book your place here: https://buff.ly/3pUyful

There's still time to book for this Friday's online talk by Melody Foreman (25th June). 'The Wreck Hunter' will explore ...
22/06/2021

There's still time to book for this Friday's online talk by Melody Foreman (25th June). 'The Wreck Hunter' will explore the world of Battle of Britain archaeology through the story of Terry Parsons and his lifetime's search for fallen aircraft. Find out more and book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3ch0FJv

There's still time to book for this Friday's online talk by Melody Foreman (25th June). 'The Wreck Hunter' will explore the world of Battle of Britain archaeology through the story of Terry Parsons and his lifetime's search for fallen aircraft. Find out more and book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3ch0FJv

Enjoying the sunshine and bright blue sky here at the Museum today!
16/06/2021

Enjoying the sunshine and bright blue sky here at the Museum today!

Enjoying the sunshine and bright blue sky here at the Museum today!

15/06/2021

We’re thrilled to be taking part in the upcoming Bushey Festival with tours on Saturday 10th July at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Join us at 11am on Friday 25 June for our next online talk. Author Melody Foreman will be sharing the fascinating story ...
13/06/2021

Join us at 11am on Friday 25 June for our next online talk. Author Melody Foreman will be sharing the fascinating story of Terry Parsons and his lifetime's search for forgotten WWII aircraft that had fallen from the skies. Find out more and book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3ch0FJv

Join us at 11am on Friday 25 June for our next online talk. Author Melody Foreman will be sharing the fascinating story of Terry Parsons and his lifetime's search for forgotten WWII aircraft that had fallen from the skies. Find out more and book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3ch0FJv

06/06/2021
FD 2021

Psst, Father's Day is two weeks today! If you're looking for the perfect gift, why not take a look at our online shop. The last day to order for it to arrive in time is Friday 11th June!
Shop here: https://buff.ly/3ckUhB1

Visitors to the Museum today, Wednesday 9 and Saturday 11 June can enjoy a free tea or coffee and handmade Spitfire bisc...
05/06/2021

Visitors to the Museum today, Wednesday 9 and Saturday 11 June can enjoy a free tea or coffee and handmade Spitfire biscuit in the Museum’s delightful vintage café as part of the National Lottery’s Thanks To You Open Week 2021!
Show your valid printed or digital lottery ticket at Reception on arrival and you will be given a voucher to exchange for your free refreshments.
Tickets to the Museum must be booked in advance – you can do so here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu
#NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Visitors to the Museum today, Wednesday 9 and Saturday 11 June can enjoy a free tea or coffee and handmade Spitfire biscuit in the Museum’s delightful vintage café as part of the National Lottery’s Thanks To You Open Week 2021!
Show your valid printed or digital lottery ticket at Reception on arrival and you will be given a voucher to exchange for your free refreshments.
Tickets to the Museum must be booked in advance – you can do so here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu
#NationalLotteryHeritageFund

04/06/2021
Episode 9 Soundbite

The next episode in our Bentley Priory - Defending Britain from N**i & Nuclear Threat podcast series is now available! This time, project volunteer Tim talks with Air Marshal Cliff Spink about the Dowding System. Listen here: https://buff.ly/3vQERMy
Don't forget, our NEW bunker exhibition is now open at the bunker entrance, which is accessed by a short walk from the Museum.
#NationalLotteryHeritageFund

Saturday will be last day of our #HalfTerm activity, available between 11am - 3pm. Tickets to the Museum must be booked ...
03/06/2021

Saturday will be last day of our #HalfTerm activity, available between 11am - 3pm. Tickets to the Museum must be booked in advance, but the session is drop-in and included in Museum admission.
Don’t forget that National Lottery ticketholders will receive a free tea/coffee and handmade Spitfire biscuit when visiting this Saturday, 5 June (and Wednesday 9 & Saturday 11 June) upon presentation of a valid printed or digital lottery ticket at Reception on arrival.
#NationalLotteryHeritageFund

We were delighted to welcome two visitors today who recently discovered they are related to Battle of Britain pilot, Wit...
02/06/2021

We were delighted to welcome two visitors today who recently discovered they are related to Battle of Britain pilot, Witold Urbanowicz. Urbanowicz flew with 145 and 303 (Polish) Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. It is believed that during the war none of Urbanowicz's planes were hit by a single enemy bullet, which is quite an accomplishment!

We were delighted to welcome two visitors today who recently discovered they are related to Battle of Britain pilot, Witold Urbanowicz. Urbanowicz flew with 145 and 303 (Polish) Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. It is believed that during the war none of Urbanowicz's planes were hit by a single enemy bullet, which is quite an accomplishment!

Happy Volunteers Week! We’re so grateful for our team of knowledgeable, dedicated and friendly volunteers. Volunteers ca...
01/06/2021

Happy Volunteers Week! We’re so grateful for our team of knowledgeable, dedicated and friendly volunteers. Volunteers carry out a wide range of roles across the Museum, including retail, schools & families, hospitality and tours.
Whilst the Museum was closed, our gardeners were busy maintaining our beautiful gardens, and volunteers from all different roles came together earlier this month to get the Museum ready for reopening.
Just like our visitors, we have been delighted to welcome volunteers back on site as lockdown restrictions have eased.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our wonderful team, there is still time to sign up for our Volunteer Information Session THIS Thursday, 3 June. You can do so here: https://buff.ly/3uTVSFc.

We are OPEN tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, and there is still time to book your tickets: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu. Make t...
30/05/2021

We are OPEN tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, and there is still time to book your tickets: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu. Make the most of the good weather and extend your visit by exploring our NEW exhibition on display at the former entrance to the bunker.

We are OPEN tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, and there is still time to book your tickets: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu. Make the most of the good weather and extend your visit by exploring our NEW exhibition on display at the former entrance to the bunker.

If you're interested in finding out more about volunteering with us, there's still time to book your place for our Volun...
29/05/2021

If you're interested in finding out more about volunteering with us, there's still time to book your place for our Volunteer Information Session on Thursday 3 June. You can chose between two time slots: 10.30am – 11.30am and 11.30am - 12.30pm.
There are opportunities across the Museum, including Hospitality, Families, Gardening and Room Stewarding. Book your place here: https://buff.ly/3uTVSFc

Happy Half-Term! If you're looking for somewhere to visit this holiday, we will be open tomorrow (29 May), Bank Holiday ...
28/05/2021

Happy Half-Term! If you're looking for somewhere to visit this holiday, we will be open tomorrow (29 May), Bank Holiday Monday (31 May), Wednesday 2 and Saturday 5 June.
Our drop-in family activity will be on between 11am - 3pm on those days, and is included in Museum admission.
Free parking, gorgeous gardens, spacious galleries and tasty treats in the cafe, what more could you want?!
Tickets for the Museum must be booked in advance, you can do that here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

Happy Half-Term! If you're looking for somewhere to visit this holiday, we will be open tomorrow (29 May), Bank Holiday Monday (31 May), Wednesday 2 and Saturday 5 June.
Our drop-in family activity will be on between 11am - 3pm on those days, and is included in Museum admission.
Free parking, gorgeous gardens, spacious galleries and tasty treats in the cafe, what more could you want?!
Tickets for the Museum must be booked in advance, you can do that here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

Opening THIS Saturday - our new exhibition exploring Bentley Priory’s top-secret bunker, on display by the former entran...
27/05/2021

Opening THIS Saturday - our new exhibition exploring Bentley Priory’s top-secret bunker, on display by the former entrance to the bunker. Included in Museum Admission or Annual Membership. Tickets to the Museum must be booked in advance: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu National Lottery Heritage Fund

Opening THIS Saturday - our new exhibition exploring Bentley Priory’s top-secret bunker, on display by the former entrance to the bunker. Included in Museum Admission or Annual Membership. Tickets to the Museum must be booked in advance: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu National Lottery Heritage Fund

This Friday, 28 May, is the next of our FREE online talks as part of our Cold War project. In this week's talk, Squadron...
26/05/2021

This Friday, 28 May, is the next of our FREE online talks as part of our Cold War project. In this week's talk, Squadron Leader Bob Tuxford AFC will be discussing Operation Black Buck 1; the longest bombing mission in the history of aerial warfare. Book your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3yH9GF0

We are delighted to be taking part in @HeritageFundUK #ThanksToYou Open Week 2021!#NationalLottery ticketholders will re...
23/05/2021
SPECIAL OFFER with NLHF #ThanksToYou Campaign | Bentley Priory Museum

We are delighted to be taking part in @HeritageFundUK #ThanksToYou Open Week 2021!
#NationalLottery ticketholders will receive a free tea or coffee & handmade Spitfire biscuit when they visit the Museum on between 5 - 12 June! Visit our website for full T&Cs:

We are delighted to be taking part in the National Lottery’s #Thanks To You Open Week 2021! National Lottery ticketholders will receive a free tea or coffee and handmade Spitfire biscuit when they visit the Museum on either Saturday 5th, Wednesday 9th or Saturday 12th June! Show your valid printed...

Families, still looking for something to do this half-term? We will be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and additionall...
22/05/2021

Families, still looking for something to do this half-term? We will be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May. Our activity Build a Blast-Proof Barricade will be available on all open days between 29 May - 5 June, 11am - 3pm.
Tickets to the Museum need to be booked in advance, but the activity will be drop in.
The activity will take place in a socially distanced set-up in the Learning Centre.

Families, still looking for something to do this half-term? We will be open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May. Our activity Build a Blast-Proof Barricade will be available on all open days between 29 May - 5 June, 11am - 3pm.
Tickets to the Museum need to be booked in advance, but the activity will be drop in.
The activity will take place in a socially distanced set-up in the Learning Centre.

Tonight at 9pm the Museum will feature in the 4th episode of the BBC2 Documentary 'Saved By A Stranger', exploring the s...
20/05/2021
BBC Two - Saved by a Stranger, Series 1, George, Peter and Clare

Tonight at 9pm the Museum will feature in the 4th episode of the BBC2 Documentary 'Saved By A Stranger', exploring the story of twin brothers who fled N**i Germany and their search for the family who helped them escape, and a woman who housed 21 child refugees from Bosnia looks for their mystery schoolgirl translator.
For more information, visit the BBC website:

Twin brothers and a woman search for strangers who changed the course of their lives.

Today's the day! We're delighted to be back open to visitors. You can find out more about what we're doing to keep every...
19/05/2021

Today's the day! We're delighted to be back open to visitors. You can find out more about what we're doing to keep everyone safe and book tickets here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

Today's the day! We're delighted to be back open to visitors. You can find out more about what we're doing to keep everyone safe and book tickets here: https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Are you looking forward to getting out and about in Museums again? We can't wait to welco...
18/05/2021

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Are you looking forward to getting out and about in Museums again? We can't wait to welcome you back - don't forget we will be OPEN from tomorrow, Wednesday 19 May on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and additionally on #BankHolidayMonday, 31 May. Book your tickets today! https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Are you looking forward to getting out and about in Museums again? We can't wait to welcome you back - don't forget we will be OPEN from tomorrow, Wednesday 19 May on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and additionally on #BankHolidayMonday, 31 May. Book your tickets today! https://buff.ly/3uPwAYu

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Mansion House Drive, Stanmore
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HA7 3HT

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

020 8950 5526

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Found this photo in an old album of my dads. Would love to know some background in this.
The Canons Park Group is for the local community living or working in and around the Stanmore, Canons Park and Edgware area to share information and news about things going on locally. We would very much like you to join our group and assist us in supporting our local community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanonsParkGroup
The Canons Park Group is for the local community living or working in and around the Stanmore, Canons Park and Edgware area to share information and news about things going on locally. We would very much like you to join our group and assist us in supporting our local community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanonsParkGroup
Thank you so much to Bentley Priory, for allowing us to shoot in Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowdings Office, as used in the Battle Of Britain film. This photo is based on Laurence Olivier as Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF, Fighter Command In the Battle Of Britain Film.
#aircraft #heritage #worthawatch #zoom
As Air Vice Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh Mallory, on the balcony at Bentley Priory,
A very good day out in what is probably the most important place in British history, The Battle of Britain
A recent model kit I built of your old gate guard, LF751, now living at manston...
After loosing touch, I am sorry to report that Air Vice Marshal William "Paddy" Harbison, CB, CBE, AFC, FBIM passed away on December 25th 2018. He was promoted to Air Vice Marshal in January 1975 and shortly thereafter appointed commander of No. 11 Group RAF responsible for the air defence of the United Kingdom. Per Ardua Sir.
Many thanks to all at Bentley Priory Museum for welcoming the WW2 RAF GROUP Battle of Britain Emergency Operations Room display to such an important historical location. Our display, essentially explains and demonstrates sector level command and control in an entertaining way and it fitted in perfectly with your other displays today, especially the Observer Corps. There will no doubt be plenty of great photos with the public present, but this one was taken just after setup. We did struggle at times to fit everyone who wanted to see us into the room but it was an excellent day, hard work for us but it's nice to find such appreciative audiences.
From our archives at www.tippleston.com The Bentley Wood Football Team 1943/4 taken by my Grandfather Edgar Tippleston who was based there after returning from India.
Great visit today. Beautiful place, very informative and brilliant facilities including a brightly decorated cafe with great choice of food and drink.