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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The last of our weekly explorations of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA is The Few, which was painted as part of an a...
14/05/2021

The last of our weekly explorations of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA is The Few, which was painted as part of an artist-in-residency at the Museum in 2019. Mark invited children to become ‘co-artists’ by adding to the painting, along with Battle of Britain veteran Pilot Officer Archie McInnes. https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

The last of our weekly explorations of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA is The Few, which was painted as part of an artist-in-residency at the Museum in 2019. Mark invited children to become ‘co-artists’ by adding to the painting, along with Battle of Britain veteran Pilot Officer Archie McInnes. https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

This week's video highlight will be our final weekly highlight. We will continue to share similar videos on special occa...
12/05/2021

This week's video highlight will be our final weekly highlight. We will continue to share similar videos on special occasions and anniversaries though!

In this video, take a virtual tour of the Filter Room and find out more about the bronze female models which are based on real WAAFs who served at Bentley Priory during World War II.
You will be able to find this video, and all previous ones, on our website and YouTube page.

https://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/video-highlights/

This week's video highlight will be our final weekly highlight. We will continue to share similar videos on special occasions and anniversaries though!

In this video, take a virtual tour of the Filter Room and find out more about the bronze female models which are based on real WAAFs who served at Bentley Priory during World War II.
You will be able to find this video, and all previous ones, on our website and YouTube page.

https://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/video-highlights/

Thanks to your generosity, our gate guardians have been getting some TLC! GB Replicas have been busy cleaning and making...
11/05/2021

Thanks to your generosity, our gate guardians have been getting some TLC! GB Replicas have been busy cleaning and making repairs to the Spitfire, and giving the Hurricane a clean as well. Thank you to everyone who supported our crowdfunder campaign to make this possible. #SupportOurSpitfire

Just 10 days until we are able to welcome you back to the Museum. Don't forget we will be offering a free tea/coffee and...
09/05/2021

Just 10 days until we are able to welcome you back to the Museum. Don't forget we will be offering a free tea/coffee and Spitfire biscuit for all visitors in the first week, up to and including 26 May.
Initially our open days will be Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May.
We look forward to welcoming you back! Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

Just 10 days until we are able to welcome you back to the Museum. Don't forget we will be offering a free tea/coffee and Spitfire biscuit for all visitors in the first week, up to and including 26 May.
Initially our open days will be Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May.
We look forward to welcoming you back! Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

Episode 8 of the Defending Britain from N**i & Nuclear Threat podcast series is now available. This time, host Alex talk...
07/05/2021

Episode 8 of the Defending Britain from N**i & Nuclear Threat podcast series is now available. This time, host Alex talks with former RAF personnel Jim Bee and Paul Smith about their experiences as they reminisce on the past and give an insight into the roles they carried out in the Bunker. Listen here: https://buff.ly/3eUX5Fu

Episode 8 of the Defending Britain from N**i & Nuclear Threat podcast series is now available. This time, host Alex talks with former RAF personnel Jim Bee and Paul Smith about their experiences as they reminisce on the past and give an insight into the roles they carried out in the Bunker. Listen here: https://buff.ly/3eUX5Fu

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is Legend by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA paying tribute to Battle o...
06/05/2021

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is Legend by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA paying tribute to Battle of Britain pilot Douglas Bader. Take a closer look at the art work and find out more about Douglas Bader's fascinating story here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is Legend by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA paying tribute to Battle of Britain pilot Douglas Bader. Take a closer look at the art work and find out more about Douglas Bader's fascinating story here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

Upcoming Online Talk: Join us on Friday 14th May for 'Finding the Few' by Andy Saunders, who will share the moving tales...
05/05/2021

Upcoming Online Talk: Join us on Friday 14th May for 'Finding the Few' by Andy Saunders, who will share the moving tales of missing Battle of Britain pilots and the diligent search to find them. Tickets are £4 or free for annual members, you can book your place here: https://buff.ly/398gUa7

Upcoming Online Talk: Join us on Friday 14th May for 'Finding the Few' by Andy Saunders, who will share the moving tales of missing Battle of Britain pilots and the diligent search to find them. Tickets are £4 or free for annual members, you can book your place here: https://buff.ly/398gUa7

This week's video highlight features the story of Battle of Britain pilot, Pilot Officer Richard Ralph Hutley, whose sto...
04/05/2021
Museum Video Highlights - Richard Ralph Hutley

This week's video highlight features the story of Battle of Britain pilot, Pilot Officer Richard Ralph Hutley, whose story is featured in our Rotunda gallery where we remember and commemorate the aircrew of the Battle of Britain.

This video features the story of Battle of Britain pilot, Pilot Officer Richard Ralph Hutley, whose story is featured in our Rotunda gallery where we remembe...

We hope you are enjoying our weekly exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA - this week's is entitled Toby Sp...
29/04/2021

We hope you are enjoying our weekly exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA - this week's is entitled Toby Spitfire. Find out about it here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

We hope you are enjoying our weekly exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA - this week's is entitled Toby Spitfire. Find out about it here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

We plan to reopen three weeks today! We will be offering a free tea/coffee and Spitfire biscuit for all visitors in the ...
28/04/2021

We plan to reopen three weeks today! We will be offering a free tea/coffee and Spitfire biscuit for all visitors in the first week, up to and including 26 May. Initially our open days will be Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May. We look forward to welcoming you back! Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

We plan to reopen three weeks today! We will be offering a free tea/coffee and Spitfire biscuit for all visitors in the first week, up to and including 26 May. Initially our open days will be Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May. We look forward to welcoming you back! Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

We were incredibly saddened to learn that former WAAF Flight Sergeant Gladys Eva died on Friday morning, in her 101st ye...
26/04/2021

We were incredibly saddened to learn that former WAAF Flight Sergeant Gladys Eva died on Friday morning, in her 101st year.

Gladys joined the WAAF in February 1940 and worked in the Filter Room at RAF Bentley Priory from March 1940 until May 1941, first as a plotter and then as a teller.

The work that Gladys did, alongside others in the Filter Room, was of vital importance during the Battle of Britain.

Gladys was a great supporter of Bentley Priory Museum; one of the bronze models in the recreated Filter Room is based on her likeness, and we are honoured to share her story in her own words through our exhibits.

The second of Guy Martin's Battle of Britain is on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museu...
25/04/2021

The second of Guy Martin's Battle of Britain is on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museum last year.

The second of Guy Martin's Battle of Britain is on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museum last year.

On Anzac Day, we are remembering the 127 New Zealand and 32 Australian Air Crew who took part in the #BattleOfBritain. B...
25/04/2021

On Anzac Day, we are remembering the 127 New Zealand and 32 Australian Air Crew who took part in the #BattleOfBritain. Both are remembered in the Commemorative Lace Panel displayed in the Museum. You can find out more about the New Zealand Air Force with the next of our online video highlights on our website or our YouTube page: https://buff.ly/2P8fbL7

On Anzac Day, we are remembering the 127 New Zealand and 32 Australian Air Crew who took part in the #BattleOfBritain. Both are remembered in the Commemorative Lace Panel displayed in the Museum. You can find out more about the New Zealand Air Force with the next of our online video highlights on our website or our YouTube page: https://buff.ly/2P8fbL7

Sir Hugh Dowding was born on this day in 1882 in Moffat, Scotland. To mark the anniversary of his birth, we are showing ...
24/04/2021

Sir Hugh Dowding was born on this day in 1882 in Moffat, Scotland. To mark the anniversary of his birth, we are showing you behind the scenes of his office in the Museum, and sharing a little more about the man behind the Dowding System. View the video here: https://buff.ly/3nd1w1S

Sir Hugh Dowding was born on this day in 1882 in Moffat, Scotland. To mark the anniversary of his birth, we are showing you behind the scenes of his office in the Museum, and sharing a little more about the man behind the Dowding System. View the video here: https://buff.ly/3nd1w1S

Some of the team were up on the roof carrying out essential maintenance checks today - what a view! We’re grateful to ou...
22/04/2021

Some of the team were up on the roof carrying out essential maintenance checks today - what a view! We’re grateful to our gardening volunteers who have continued to keep the gardens looking wonderful.

Some of the team were up on the roof carrying out essential maintenance checks today - what a view! We’re grateful to our gardening volunteers who have continued to keep the gardens looking wonderful.

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is First Victory, by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA depicting 303 (Pol...
22/04/2021

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is First Victory, by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA depicting 303 (Polish) Squadron's first victory of the Battle of Britain. https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

This week's addition to our Online Collection Highlights is First Victory, by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA depicting 303 (Polish) Squadron's first victory of the Battle of Britain. https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

We are delighted to let you know that we plan to reopen the Museum on Wednesday 19 May, as per the Government's roadmap ...
21/04/2021

We are delighted to let you know that we plan to reopen the Museum on Wednesday 19 May, as per the Government's roadmap in which museums are scheduled to be able to reopen from 17 May.
We will reopen initially on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May.
Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

We are delighted to let you know that we plan to reopen the Museum on Wednesday 19 May, as per the Government's roadmap in which museums are scheduled to be able to reopen from 17 May.
We will reopen initially on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, and additionally on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May.
Tickets can be booked here: https://buff.ly/3tFSkFF

The Operations Room at Bentley Priory had a very tense environment for much of its time in use.  However, the room was p...
20/04/2021

The Operations Room at Bentley Priory had a very tense environment for much of its time in use. However, the room was purposefully painted a pale green colour, chosen by Dougie Chowns, as it was believed that this colour would reduce the stress of plotters around the plotting table.
Chowns, interviewed last year as part of our Bunker project, recalled that plotters could be plotting up to 16 tracks at once, averaging a single plot every four seconds. These plotters were often listening to details of the next plot as they dealt with the previous, actions that became automatic.
This busy environment was captured in Chown's painting Angels Three Zero - he is pictured here donating the artwork in 2016. It looks down onto the Ops Room table where each plotter in the scene is a portrait of an individual who worked at RAF Bentley Priory alongside Chowns in the mid-1950s. Impressively, the dimensions of the drawing are incredibly accurate so as to show the geography of the plotting table. Most excitingly of all is that the plotting table depicted shows a specific moment in 1956 where plotters tracked an unidentified, and potentially threatening, aircraft heading west across Britain.
Chowns said that the painting was a tribute to all the people it takes to fly any aircraft, as it’s never just the pilot.
The artwork is currently displayed as part of our Temporary Exhibition, which will remain on display until the end of the year. Following that, the artwork will return to its usual location on display in the main Museum. #HeritageFromHome National Lottery Heritage Fund

Our next Online Talk is on Friday 30th April, when Dr Alastair Noble will be exploring the impact of Margaret Thatcher's...
19/04/2021

Our next Online Talk is on Friday 30th April, when Dr Alastair Noble will be exploring the impact of Margaret Thatcher's defence policies on the RAF in the Cold War. This talk is available to join FREE through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fun as part of our Cold War Bunker project. You can book your ticket here https://buff.ly/39RnOAT

Our next Online Talk is on Friday 30th April, when Dr Alastair Noble will be exploring the impact of Margaret Thatcher's defence policies on the RAF in the Cold War. This talk is available to join FREE through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fun as part of our Cold War Bunker project. You can book your ticket here https://buff.ly/39RnOAT

Look out for Guy Martin's Battle of Britain, on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museum l...
18/04/2021

Look out for Guy Martin's Battle of Britain, on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museum last year.

Look out for Guy Martin's Battle of Britain, on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight - part of the series was filmed at the Museum last year.

Today is #WorldArtDay, and we are continuing our online exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA . This time w...
15/04/2021

Today is #WorldArtDay, and we are continuing our online exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA . This time we're taking a closer look at Spitfire Dawn, and it's touching tribute to Battle of Britain aircrew. Find this, and previous highlights, here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

Today is #WorldArtDay, and we are continuing our online exploration of artworks by Mark Postlethwaite GAvA . This time we're taking a closer look at Spitfire Dawn, and it's touching tribute to Battle of Britain aircrew. Find this, and previous highlights, here: https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

This week's highlight from the Museum is the impressive four meter high Lace Panel that hangs opposite the Museum's Gran...
13/04/2021
Museum Video Highlights - Lace Panel

This week's highlight from the Museum is the impressive four meter high Lace Panel that hangs opposite the Museum's Grand Staircase. It was created by Nottingham Lace company Dobson & Browne to commemorate the Battle of Britain and is full of imagery and symbolism of the period.

An exploration of the impressive 4 meter high Lace Panel that hangs opposite the Museum's Grand Staircase. The panel is one of around 38 panels that were cre...

Join us on Friday, 16th April, at 11am for our next Online Talk. Our speaker Nick Oram will be sharing the fascinating s...
13/04/2021

Join us on Friday, 16th April, at 11am for our next Online Talk. Our speaker Nick Oram will be sharing the fascinating story of Spitfire Elizabeth and the Roaring Boys. Tickets £4 or free to Annual Members. Book here https://buff.ly/3fL5EEN

Join us on Friday, 16th April, at 11am for our next Online Talk. Our speaker Nick Oram will be sharing the fascinating story of Spitfire Elizabeth and the Roaring Boys. Tickets £4 or free to Annual Members. Book here https://buff.ly/3fL5EEN

We are saddened to learn of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, today. A constant companion of the Queen,...
09/04/2021

We are saddened to learn of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, today. A constant companion of the Queen, portrayed here, two to her right, at a dinner commemorating the 40th anniversary of the RAF in 1958. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, today. A constant companion of the Queen, portrayed here, two to her right, at a dinner commemorating the 40th anniversary of the RAF in 1958. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

FAMILIES! It's the final day of our online Easter Egg Hunt, and this time you'll be searching in the garden. The answers...
09/04/2021

FAMILIES! It's the final day of our online Easter Egg Hunt, and this time you'll be searching in the garden. The answers to today's will be on our website tomorrow.

The third of our Online Collection Highlights is 'To Fight Another Day', by Mark Postlethwaite, showing a dramatic momen...
08/04/2021

The third of our Online Collection Highlights is 'To Fight Another Day', by Mark Postlethwaite, showing a dramatic moment from the Battle of Britain involving Pilot Officer William Watling https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

The third of our Online Collection Highlights is 'To Fight Another Day', by Mark Postlethwaite, showing a dramatic moment from the Battle of Britain involving Pilot Officer William Watling https://buff.ly/3cgh6pT

FAMILIES! Day seven of our online Easter Egg Hunt is the final one inside the building - the Ballroom. You can find prev...
08/04/2021

FAMILIES! Day seven of our online Easter Egg Hunt is the final one inside the building - the Ballroom. You can find previous galleries and answers on our website https://buff.ly/3cEaRMP

Interviewed in August 2020, Sir Brian Burridge - former Chair of the Museum's Board of Trustees - believed that serving ...
07/04/2021

Interviewed in August 2020, Sir Brian Burridge - former Chair of the Museum's Board of Trustees - believed that serving at Bentley Priory had been “a great privilege”. During his interview he recalled the annual Battle of Britain Dinner, hosted by the Air Force Board at RAF Bentley Priory. This gave attendees a chance to look out at the view that Dowding saw during his own time at Bentley Priory. It was an evening where you could experience the true “elegance” of the mansion while dinning in the ballroom, which had been “the original experimental ops room”. For Sir Brian “the walls spoke at Bentley Priory”, making it a “brilliant backdrop” for the event. Often the dinner included a Spitfire display, an exciting but loud event that RAF personnel would prewarn Stanmore locals about. This respectful relationship meant that the base had a good reputation with its neighbours. The staff even occasionally organised for their Spitfire displays to also happen over the golf club, an action that cemented local relationships.

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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.