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July 2017

Dowding and WWI: The Making of a Commander

14 July - 22 November

Temporary Exhibition Gallery 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. This exhibition has been co-curated by volunteers and has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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August 2017

Open Heritage Day Tour

22 August at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This year we are offering we’re offering 4 themed tours of the Museum. Friday 8th, 3 - 4pm – Dowding and WWI: The Making of a Commander. This tour is in conjunction with a temporary exhibition exploring how Sir Hugh Dowding’s experiences as a WWI pilot shaped his convictions and leadership as Commander-in-Chief during the Battle of Britain. Please note: These tours are offered free. Those attending the tour will be granted free Museum admission from 2.30pm, but usual Museum…

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Message in a bottle family trail

23 August at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

To complement our new WWI exhibition, our summer holiday activities are all World War I themed for 2017. Join us on any of our open days for our new garden trail. World War I pilots would drop messages from their aircraft down to ground crew below. Inspired by this, find the hidden clues ‘dropped’ around the gardens with secret messages to decode. Available all day on our open days.

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WWI Camouflage and Dazzle

23 August at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our new exhibition explores life as a WWI pilot, the first to take to the skies in combat. Inspired by this, join us for this fun craft activity - decorating WWI shaped aircraft in camouflage and dazzle patterns. Available on Wednesdays, 11am - 3pm, from Wednesday 26th July - Wednesday 30th August.

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Message in a bottle family trail

25 August at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

To complement our new WWI exhibition, our summer holiday activities are all World War I themed for 2017. Join us on any of our open days for our new garden trail. World War I pilots would drop messages from their aircraft down to ground crew below. Inspired by this, find the hidden clues ‘dropped’ around the gardens with secret messages to decode. Available all day on our open days.

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Morse Code Messaging

25 August at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Inspired by our new exhibition explores WWI aerial warfare, have a go a coding and decoding Morse code messages with your family and friends. Can you crack them all? Available on Fridays, 11am - 3pm, from Friday 28th July - Friday 1st September.

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Message in a bottle family trail

26 August at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

To complement our new WWI exhibition, our summer holiday activities are all World War I themed for 2017. Join us on any of our open days for our new garden trail. World War I pilots would drop messages from their aircraft down to ground crew below. Inspired by this, find the hidden clues ‘dropped’ around the gardens with secret messages to decode. Available all day on our open days.

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WWI Object Handling

26 August at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Inspired by our new exhibition looking at Sir Hugh Dowding's experience as a WWI pilot, join us over the school summer holidays to explore our new WWI Object Handling collection. Available on Saturdays, 11am - 3pm, from Saturday 22nd July - Saturday 2nd September.

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Message in a bottle family trail

28 August at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

To complement our new WWI exhibition, our summer holiday activities are all World War I themed for 2017. Join us on any of our open days for our new garden trail. World War I pilots would drop messages from their aircraft down to ground crew below. Inspired by this, find the hidden clues ‘dropped’ around the gardens with secret messages to decode. Available all day on our open days.

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Build your own bi-plane

28 August at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our new exhibition explores life as a WWI pilot, the first to take to the skies in combat. Inspired by this, join us for this fun craft activity - building and painting your own bi-plane. Available on Mondays, 11am - 3pm, from Monday 24th July - Monday 28th August.

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