'Exemplary' plans for Biggin Hill Memorial Museum secure National Lottery Funding.
Bromley Council, in partnership with the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust has received a grant of almost £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLD) towards the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum project.
1940s Cecil Beaton print of two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No. 92 Squadron Royal Air Force and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Supermarine Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941. © IWM (HU 112488)
The trust is now seeking support to fund the museum's learning space and memorial wall. The learning space will be an area dedicated to the delivery of learning activities, an integral resource for hosting activities and events aimed at ensuring future generations learn about Biggin Hill's role in world changing events. The memorial wall will border the consecrated Garden of Remembrance and is intended to memorialize Biggin Hill's wartime communities for the first time.
We need your support to raise these much needed funds! Details of how to donate can be found below:
For more information about the project please visit: www.bhmm.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate, send a cheque payable to ‘Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust’ to c/o St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, Main Road, Biggin Hill, TN16 3EJ or visit https://www.justgiving.com/bigginhill-memorialmuseum
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A purpose built, single storey museum will frame the historic Chapel. We will be removing the 1990 storage annex to allow the original design of the Grade II listed 1951 Chapel to be once again revealed. The 'Allied Aircrew' roundel window will be saved and relocated elsewhere within the new scheme.
The Garden of Remembrance will continue to be accessible to those wishing to visit and remember loved ones even throughout the construction phase and remains a treasured feature of the new scheme for the Chapel site. Plots are available for the future interment of ashes.
New landscaping will better showcase the Chapel and gate guardians, revealing the relationship to the historic airfield. Planned tree planting will replace the trees earmarked for removal, a significant portion of which are Leyland species (Cypress).
The museum received planning permission and listed building consent in May 2017. A robust business plan is also in place which ensures that the museum is sustainable and self-supporting, a museum for future generations.
Fulfilling our vision to inspire generations, the team have been working with the Chapel community to host schools from across Bromley, re-introducing local young people to the important heritage at the Chapel.
During construction works, the team will continue to engage the community out and about in Biggin Hill, working with schools and volunteers. We will also be looking to promote visits in the wider heritage area including former pilot 'watering holes', and working with our local pub landlords.
Ask us a question or want to volunteer? Email us to find out more about the museum plans, the Chapel and the team….
May 2017 - Biggin Hill Memorial Museum given the green light. The proposed museum scheme has received planning permission.
April 2017 - Bishop of Rochester supports Biggin Hill Memorial Museum scheme in letter to Bromley Council's Planning Committee. Click here to see the letter.
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ABOUT THE trust
There has long been a wish to remember those who served at Biggin Hill in the Second World War, particularly during the Battle of Britain, through the building of a dedicated heritage centre.
The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust has been established to achieve this ambition, by developing the St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance site, bringing the Chapel and heritage centre together, to create the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.
The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bromley Council, will safeguard the future of the Chapel and the memory of Biggin Hill’s crucial role in protecting our freedom and way of life.
Our vision is:
Biggin Hill; inspiring generations, remembering the Few and honouring the Many
Our mission is:
“Protecting, gathering and making known the stories of Biggin Hill and communicating its significant role in shaping the modern world”