Bentley Priory Museum has secured a £1million funding allocation for the completion of its Battle of Britain Museum project.
Announced at the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on Wednesday (November 25), the investment will be spent on the Museum's Learning Centre and resources.
The funding boost for Bentley Priory Museum will allow for a range of educational activities including events like ‘a day at pilot school’, ‘how to be a WAAF’ plotter’ and will also utilise the Museum's collection to highlight the impact of the Blitz on London for learning experiences, all against the backdrop of Bentley Priory where the Battle of Britain was won.
Congratulating the museum on the funding, MP Bob Blackman said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Chancellor has taken this step to preserve our nation’s heritage.
“This landmark museum is a vital means of ensuring the next generation are able to understand the sacrifices that were made during the Second World War and this funding will allow the museum to grow into all-encompassing educational environment, teaching the values of leadership and comradeship, as well as displaying the technology and skills involved in the Dowding System and the important role of women in the war.”
Located within a Grade II listed Mansion House in Stanmore , Bentley Priory Museum centres around the Battle of Britain and how it was won.
Bentley Priory was Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and the Museum explores how technology, leadership and courage led to victory.
The Chair of the Museum’s governing Trust, Sir Brian Burridge, has expressed the Museum’s appreciation for the funding: “The Trust is very grateful to have been allocated this significant grant for our museum from the Libor fund.
“Given that Bentley Priory is the place from where the Battle of Britain was won, we are now ready to embark on an exciting project to bring the inspirational stories of the time to the widest possible audience and thus ensure that future generations are aware of its significance in the Nation’s history.’