Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

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Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
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Military Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Biggin Hill Memorial Museum tells the story of RAF Biggin Hill through the personal experiences of those who served there, and the community who supported them. RAF Biggin Hill's high altitude and strategically important location between London and continental Europe, destined it to become the most important airfield of the Battle of Britain, laying the foundation for the European landscape as we know it today. One of Britain’s oldest aerodromes, RAF Biggin Hill is still internationally recognised as Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘strongest link’. The objects in the museum collection are directly associated to the people who served at RAF Biggin Hill. They include uniforms, medals, personal letters, documents and even furniture from the local pub. The collection also includes objects related to remembrance and memorial and the founding of the two chapels at the airfield from 1943-1951. Situated on the same site as St George Chapel of Remembrance a visit encompasses both museum and Chapel.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Helen S
6 contributions
Small but perfectly formed
Aug 2021
Just had a lovely couple of hours at the museum. It is not very large but packs a lot in. The best bits for me were the personal recollections of people living and working there which really brought to life the whole era. The guides were very knowlegable, friendly and interesting. Had a lovely coffee in the cafe which was beautifully decorated in 1940,s style.
Written 18 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we will pass your feedback on to our staff and volunteers.
Written 21 August 2021
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Victor C
Scotland, UK92 contributions
Small but infomative
Jul 2021
Didn't cost a lot to get into the museum and you get a talk from the guide when you enter on the first part of the walk round, you are on your own after that has all the history of the RAF in the area.
Written 11 August 2021
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Thank you for visiting. Yes, we have a number of very enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers!
Written 12 August 2021
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Lorna N
7 contributions
Biggin Hill Treasure
Jul 2021 • Couples
What a lovely hour well spent! If you haven’t been here you need to go. All the staff are happy and helpful. I’d like to thank Lulu for all the information shared with us. We were lucky enough to meet Geoff Greensmith, what a lovely man, with so much information. Sometime I worry war information will be lost…but not here 🥰
Written 1 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we will share your feedback with our staff and volunteers.
Written 7 August 2021
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Andrew
1 contribution
Hallowed Ground
Jul 2021
Spent an educational,moving and enjoyable morning at Biggin Hill and would thoroughly recommend it. From the moment I stepped into the facility to the moment (3 hours later) that I left, I was greeted by friendly, informative staff happy to offer a background or detail as required but, importantly, at pains to point out they are more than happy to let you roam free if that's your preference.
Don't come here expecting a history museum with gallery after gallery of generic information from which you pick your highlights. This experience is more about being on hallowed ground at the actual site where the "few" assisted by the "many"(and you'll learn about both) took part in key engagements including the immortal "Battle of Britain" which formed an integral part of retaining the liberty we enjoy today. Accordingly, the museum narrative focuses on the people who were based at the site. The human stories. These people were heroes but also somebody's son, daughter, husband, wife, brother, sister etc. The restored chapel gives reverence to the sacrifices made and drips with poignant history and the stain glass windows paying tribute to the different roles of the "many" involved in operations are a must-see. The entrance fee is a price of a pint and I'd recommend buying the Guide Book as a neat souvenir and as addtional support to the great work here. I enjoyed "tea and tiffin" at the on site Nightingale cafe (itself a homage to a lost but much loved cafe during wartime) sitting outside near the memorial garden and watching a spitfire come into land. Superb!
Afterwards I picked up a walking map from reception and walked among streets named after the people I'd just learned about and had a drink in the pub that the airmen had frequented. A really enjoyable day out.
Public transport from London was easy (Victoria- South Bromley- turn right outside station walk 20 metres to bus stop and catch the 320 "Biggin Hill Valley" which drops you right outside the museum) but ample next-door car parking if driving.
One of the main aims of the Museum Charitable Trust is to ensure that what happened there and the people who were involved are never forgotten. I'd urge people to go. It's the least we can do.
Written 2 July 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed it and our staff were friendly. Yes, we like to focus on the human stories behind our artefacts; the Few, the Many and the local people. We're glad you picked up the walking trail too, and hope it added something extra to your day!
Written 7 August 2021
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Archie B
Preston, England, United Kingdom101 contributions
Worth a visit
Jun 2021
This is a testament to 'the few' who served their country so well in 1940 and those who lost their lives so that we might live. Apart from a Spitfire and Hurricane outside, everything is inside and demonstrates the life of the times during that momentous period. The Memorial Chapel is a must for although is is a modern rebuild of an older one destroyed by fire I think, it is a lasting tribute to all the squadrons and personnel who served our country so well
Written 13 June 2021
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Frederick W
Gravesend, UK223 contributions
Very moving experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
We went today after we visited the heritage hanger. It is a very interesting place with lots of history. The Chapel was very simple but nice. The museum staff were very friendly.
Written 11 June 2021
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Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We're pleased to hear our staff were friendly and we will share your feedback with them. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Written 13 June 2021
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Marty S
Southend-on-Sea, UK25 contributions
It was OK. Not much content. Some nice stories though.
Jun 2021
I visited the Museum yesterday. What was described as a tour was more of a talk in the very small museum which was interesting and told the story of the Airfield through the men and women who served there and also families who lived nearby whose lives were impacted by living close to the Airfield. It's very compact so big groups are not a good idea in current times. There isn't a great deal on display there. The Cafe served nice tea and sandwiches with outdoor seating where I saw 2 maybe 3 Spitfires take off and a Hurricane. If using the toilets it maybe best to use the one in the Chapel rather than the museum as the museum toilets are unisex which isn't bad but when I was in there an old man was using the trough basin that was meant for washing your hands in as a urinal (despite signs saying not to) whereas the Chapel has an individual toilet.
Written 10 June 2021
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Thank you for your review. We understand that the permanent collection is small. However, we will be putting on temporary displays in future. In July we will be launching our 'Battle of Britain in 80 Objects' exhibition. We also appreciate your feedback on the toilets, which we will work to address.
Written 13 June 2021
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Pandora5862
Church Gresley, UK171 contributions
Ok, needs more
May 2021
Given the subject material we expected a little more. It really needs bringing to life, it needs docents. The guy in the chapel was great as it was clearly a passion for him.
Written 25 May 2021
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Thank you for your review. We understand that our permanent collection is small. However, we will be putting on temporary displays in future. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Chapel. We have team of dedicated and enthusiastic Chapel volunteers and we will pass this feedback to them.
Written 13 June 2021
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Ian M
Maidstone, UK426 contributions
Interesting visit
Oct 2020 • Family
Great memorabilia and well marked displays.
Small museum worth spending a few hours in.
A few interactive things for kids to enjoy.
Written 3 November 2020
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Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. Look out for extra activities for kids during holidays. Hope to welcome you back soon!
Written 20 November 2020
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Dadtastic007
Kingston upon Thames, UK15 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2020
As others have mentioned, this is an excellent small museum that is serving the very worthwhile purpose of supporting the poignant chapel of remembrance. My 10 year old son and I spent a very engaging two hours at BHMM. The exhibits are of high quality, the audio-visuals are easy to use and very informative and the museum was highly attentive to ensuring that Covid guidelines are observed. The outstanding feature was the enthusiasm and passion of the staff who went out of their way to make sure that everyone had a good visit. Highly recommended.
Written 30 October 2020
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Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We're glad you found our staff friendly and we will share your feedback with them. Look out for more children's activities on half terms and holidays. We hope to see you again.
Written 31 October 2020
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