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New visitor centre

The visitor centre is now open!

Find out about visiting the Battle of Britain Bunker.

 


Leader Ray Puddifoot MBE and Mayor of Hillingdon

Opening ceremony

Hillingdon Council unveiled the brand new Battle of Britain exhibition and visitor centre, at a civic ceremony on Friday 16 March ahead of the public opening on 30 March 2018. 

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE, officially unveiled the state-of-the-art visitor centre in the presence of Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip, Cllr Carol Melvin, Mayor of Hillingdon and distinguished guests, including Second World War veterans.

Read about the event

 


WWII flying ace collection donated to Battle of Britain Bunker

Hillingdon Council is now the proud custodian of a precious collection of Royal Air Force (RAF) artifacts belonging to Battle of Britain flying ace Wing Commander Ronald Gustave Kellett, DSO, DFC, AE.

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Development of the visitor centre

Hillingdon Council has invested nearly £6 million towards creating a new high-tech visitor and exhibition centre adjacent to the bunker which will open on Friday 30 March (Good Friday).

Created with flickr embed.

Building completed in October 2017, and was handed over to the council from the contractor in November 2017.

Skellon Studios, specialist exhibition designers, began installing the displays in December 2017. The new displays will include interactive exhibitions tracing the development of the UK's innovative air defence system, exploring the bunker's role beyond the Battle of Britain and true stories from those who were there, amongst others. The original plotting map table will also be replicated with a 360 degree touch screen experience for those unable to go underground to visit the bunker and the original Operations Room.

The building will be 2,000 square metres in size and set across two levels. The design embraces the central themes of flight and planes with a shell-like form and twisted geometry. There will be a 519 square metre main exhibition hall, which will house a variety of exhibits; 95 seat auditorium and lecture hall; a café and gift shop; reception area; toilets and a workspace for schools, corporate events and functions.

Developing the exhibition at the Battle of Britain Bunker 

See how the build began

This video shows the steel frame going up:

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