RAF100 Centenary Baton visits Bentley Priory Museum

The RAF 100 Baton Relay team were welcomed to Bentley Priory Museum on 2 April by the Mayor of Harrow, MP Bob Blackman and a cheering crowd of over 200 Museum visitors. Arriving by bicycle, the baton team had cycled from the RAF Museum in Hendon on the second day of their 100 day baton relay to significant RAF related sites across the country. The baton was received by Museum volunteer, John Tracey, on behalf of the team of volunteers who keep the Museum running.

Bentley Priory Museum was the baton’s only stop in Harrow, acknowledging the important role of RAF Bentley Priory, particularly during the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Museum Director, Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma: “We are proud to be able to tell some of the Royal Air Force’s important history within our Museum and were delighted to welcome the RAF 100 baton team to the Museum as part of the national celebrations of the RAF’s centenary. The RAF 100 baton’s visit to the Museum launched the Museum’s own centenary celebrations, which include a temporary exhibition on the RAF’s technical innovation & a new concert ‘Flying without Feathers’ by Tonic Choir in April & May.”

After leaving Bentley Priory Museum, the baton team visited the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a sumptuous, handmade afternoon tea in the Museum’s vintage cafe.

£19.50 per person (£24.50 including Museum admission).
£24.50 per person including a glass of Prosecco (£29.50 including Museum admission).

Advance booking required by Friday 2nd March.

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Alternatively, call 020 8950 5526 or email enquiries@bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk to book.

FREE Entry with HLF #ThanksToYou Campaign

We’re delighted to announce that we will be opening for FREE on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of the week 11th – 16th December 2017 as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  #ThanksToYou initiative.  Terms & Conditions apply.

Free admission will apply to those who have a valid Lotto ticket/scratchcard.

We’re proud to be joining many National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying “Thanks To You” to people who’ve raised so much for good causes by buying a National Lottery ticket.

Please click here to visit the HLF’s website and find out more.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Visitors must present one valid Lotto ticket/scratchcard per person.
  • Tickets for Lotto, Euromillions, Thunderball and HotPicks are all valid. Tickets for any other Lottery do not apply.
  • Tickets/Scratchcards must be valid for the week of the 11th – 16th December 2017.
  • Scratchcards must be unused.
  • Lotto tickets must be original. Photocopies are not valid.
  • Digital tickets are valid. Please present an email confirmation or receipt of purchase.

11th November – Limited Museum access

Please note: Access to the Museum on this day will only be for concert ticket holders. 

We’re delighted to be hosting another concert from the Tonic Choir on 11th November.

This year they are supporting our our exhibition “Dowding and WWI: The Making of a Commander”, with a concert featuring WWI period songs, plus new ones written for the event.

To find out more about the concert and how to buy tickets, please visit our What’s On page.


Dowding & WWI: The Making of a Commander

Bentley Priory Museum are thrilled to have secured a £48,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a World War I project, which will explore the WWI experiences of Royal Flying Corps pilot Hugh Dowding, and how his experiences shaped his convictions and leadership as Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940 – based at RAF Bentley Priory, Stanmore.

Without Dowding’s leadership during the Battle of Britain, the outcome for Britain could have been very different, with Nazi invasion of Britain highly probable.

The project will be delivered in 2017, 100 years after Dowding returned from flying at the Western Front to Britain, to support the training of pilots who were being sent to the Western Front.  Due to his first hand aerial experience over the trenches, Dowding campaigned for critical improvements in pilot training and well-being during both WWI – and later during WWII.

Director, Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma: ‘Dowding’s technological vision and leadership during the Battle of Britain made him one of Britain’s most important historical figures. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant will be invaluable to improving historical understanding of how World War I impacted Dowding and the connections between World War I and World War II – which are often explored in isolation.’’

The project will make this important heritage accessible through a temporary exhibition, WWI resources for Schools, and family activities during the summer and October school holidays.

BBC Celebrity Antiques Road Trip visit to Bentley Priory Museum

It was a privilege to welcome Blue Peter’s Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan to Bentley Priory Museum in July 2016, as part of their Celebrity Antiques Road Trip adventures.

Museum Trustee Natasha Brown thoroughly enjoyed showing aviation enthusiast Sarah Greene and antiques expert Catherine Southon around the Museum, highlighting the pivotal role that Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and The Dowding System played during the Battle of Britain.

The episode aired on BBC on Wednesday 14 December- if you missed it or want to watch it again, it is currently available on Iplayer:



Bentley Priory Museum is awarded £1 million libor funding to enhance learning and access

Bentley Priory Museum is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £1 million from the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) funding.

The funding will enable the Museum to significantly enhance its Learning Centre and resources, aiding its development as an important and inspiring educational environment to support the learning of school children and families.

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.’

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has congratulated the Museum: ‘This funding will allow the museum to grow into an 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.”

75th Anniversary Events, September 2015


75th Anniversary Logo


75th Anniversary Events, September 2015  

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we will be increasing the Museum’s opening days and hosting a series of events and throughout September 2015.



Sundays in September: Museum Opening, 10am-5pm 

The Museum is usually closed on Sundays, but will open on Sunday 6 September, Sunday 13 September, Sunday 20 September and Sunday 27 September. IMG_3799_990W80

Please note, advance tickets are needed for Sunday 20 September due to performances of a new one act musical ‘Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain and will be available from 3 August.

Admission tickets on 6, 13 and 27 September can be purchased on the day of your visit at the Museum’s Reception.

Tuesday 15 September: Historic Flypast (Museum open 10am-5pm) 

Boultbee Flight Academy’s historic flypast on ‘Battle of Britain Day’, Tuesday 15 September include plans for 6 fighter aircraft to fly over Bentley Priory Museum.

The 15th of  September 1940 was an important day in the Battle, when the Luftwaffe co-ordinated large bombing raids over London and the South of England, but lost a significant amount of aircraft.

To commemorate 75 years since Battle of Britain day in 1940, Boultbee Academy have organised for 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes to take part in a historic flypast.

The aircraft will all take off from Goodwood, before flying different routes around the South East of England. Details of the routes can be found here, with timings to be confirmed soon.http://www.battleofbritainday.co.uk/#!routes/c1

‘Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain’: A new one act musical commissioned for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

'Fighter Command & the Battle for Britain'

‘Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain’ will be performed 6 times over 3 days by Tonic choir and young people from St John’s School, Grimsdyke School and Harrow Youth Choir.

Advance tickets are required for all performances, and will not be available on the day. Tickets will go on sale on 3 August 2015 at 10.30am from the Museum’s Reception or 020 8950 5526.


Saturday 19 September, 11am & 12.30pm performances: Tonic Choir & students from St John’s School

Sunday 20 September, 11am & 12.30pm performances: Tonic Choir & students from Grimsdyke School

Saturday 26 September, 11am-12.30pm performances: Tonic Choir & young people from Harrow Youth Choir

The musical has been composed by Philip Barnett and Bryan Kesselman and funded by the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Advance Tickets: Saturday 19 September, Sunday 20 September & Saturday 26 September

Spitfire Stained GlassOn 19, 20 & 26 September Advance Tickets are needed. 

On all other days that the Museum is open, admission can be purchased on the day of your visit from the Museum’s Reception. 

There will be 3 ticket types, which will be available for purchase on 3 August at 10.30am from the Museum’s Reception or on 020 8950 5526.

Ticket 1: 11am performance of ‘Fighter Command & the Battle of Britain’ and general entry to the Museum. Standard admission rates apply.

Ticket 2: 12.30pm performance of ‘Fighter Command & the Battle of Britain’ and general entry to the Museum. Standard admission rates apply.

Ticket 3: General entry to the Museum after 1pm, at discounted rate of £5.00. Please note this is a timed ticket and admission will not possible until after 1pm.

Saturday 19 September: Flypast 

Garden & SpitfireA flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has been requested for Saturday 19 September at 3.00pm.

Please note that the flypast is subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.



Sunday 20 September: Wreath Laying 

Battle of Britain veteran William Walker laying a wreath to absent friends outside Bentley PrioryA wreath will be laid at 1.30pm at Bentley Priory Museum, to remember the brave men and women who won the Battle of Britain in the skies and on the ground 75 years ago.





Saturday 26 September: Vintage Hair & Make-Up 

Victory Rolls and 1940s make-up will be available between 12.00-3.00pm, by an experienced vintage hair and make-up artist.

Activity costs: £2 per young person under 16, £3 per adult (admission tickets are required for entry to the Museum).

17,000 Reasons to Remember: Temporary Exhibition on the contribution of Polish Aircrew during World War II, Wednesday 9 September – Saturday 3 October. 

Polish Veterans (l-r) Borysiuk, Jeziorski, Stangryciuk, Nawarski, SzymanskiThis important temporary exhibition will highlight the contribution of the Polish Aircrew during World War II, through the stories of Polish Air Force veterans and their families who were recently interviewed by young people.

Their stories represent the incredible histories of 17,000 Polish Air Crew during World War II.


The project is in partnership with Aik Saath: Together as One and MAPIS CIC and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Young Roots’ grant.