Campaign shines light on women who were bunker's 'unseen heroes'

Wednesday 12 April 2023: A new spring/summer publicity campaign has launched to focus on the unseen work of women in the WAAF based at the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge during the Second World War.

Blonde haired blue eyed Elsa, Battle of Britain hero
The 'Unseen Heroes' campaign uses iconographic artwork to focus on three of the bunker's real-life heroes, Amy, Elsa and Renee, who were based at the top-secret location in Uxbridge, but are not the typical image people often tend to think of when imagining heroes of the Battle of Britain. 

In recent years, the Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre has consistently attracted visitors with a love and interest in military history. But the state-of-the-art visitor centre and its unique accompanying subterranean venue have a broader appeal, particularly when you find out a little more about the brave people who worked there, many of them young women.  

The bunker played a vital role in the success of the Battle of Britain in 1940 through strategic command of the Royal Air Force and Allied fighter aircraft, but many staff working there couldn't even tell their families what they did, as their work was top secret.  

The artwork for the new campaign is inspired by three of those young women portraying them in an iconic, retrospective style.   

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services, said: "The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre has something to offer for all visitors, including families and the young people who may never have previously considered it as somewhere to visit. 

"We'd really like to encourage a wider audience to come along to experience this wonderful venue, where I'm sure the tales of these seemingly ordinary young women who were doing extraordinary work in an extraordinary location 60 feet underground will inspire and provoke thought of how different the world is now and how different it might have been without them. 

"If you're looking for something new to do during the upcoming May Bank Holidays or the summer, why not pay this special site a visit?" 

The bunker is also hosting a range of activities, from secret tours to unique yoga classes.  

To find out more and book your trip, visit  

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