Works to conserve the Chapel have started
On the 18th September building works commenced. The building of the new museum and conservation of the historic Chapel, including repairs to the stained glass windows, will take just over a year to complete. On reopening the Chapel will have been restored back to its original 1951 design, following the removal of the 1990 extension.
The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will tell the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station, in particular its role during the Second World War; and provide a sustainable future for St. George’s Chapel of Remembrance, built at Winston Churchill’s instigation.
The Museum will fulfil a longstanding wish to honour those who served there and the community that supported them. For the first time everything is in place to bring this wish to fruition – funding, land ownership, planning permission and a dedicated team.
To find out more about the project read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Chapel closed for regular visiting hours
From Friday 1st of September, St George's Chapel will be closed for regular visiting hours ahead of museum construction works starting in September. You can still visit the Chapel during one of the upcoming events:
On Sunday 17th of September at 10:30am there will be the annual Battle of Britain service.
On Sunday 12th of November from 12-3pm the Chapel will be open for Remembrance Sunday visits.
'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 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:
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 Leylandii 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….