May Half-Term: Artists in Residence

Saturday 25 May – Saturday 1 June [Open every day, except Sunday 26 May]

Artist-In-Residence: Mark Postlethwaite
Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June.
Families can contribute to a new artwork by aviation artist Mark Postlethwaite,
who will be painting at the Museum.
Battle of Britain Veteran Archie McInnes plans to join Mark on Saturday 1 June at 12.00 to sell and sign copies of his new book Against Adversity.

Friday Morning Talk: Painting Our Heroes, by Mark Postlethwaite
Friday 31 May, 11am.
Mark will talk about some of the highlights of his thirty years of painting aircraft and demonstrate his approach to painting.
Places for Mark Postlethwaite’s talk can be booked in advance by visiting our What’s On page.

Family Activities: Junior Artists in Residence
Saturday 25 May – Saturday 1 June [except Sunday 26 May], 11am – 3pm.
Create your own Battle of Britain inspired artwork at easels across the galleries and gardens [weather permitting].
Drop in activity, no pre-booking required.

All activities are included in Museum admission and Annual Membership.
Alternatively, a £5 donation can be made to attend the talk only.

Volunteer Open Day – Thursday 7th March

Love history? Passionate about engaging people of all ages?

Or perhaps you’re green-fingered or simply mad about scrumptious cakes!

Whatever you enjoy, we have a volunteering opportunity for you!

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local community, make new friends, learn new skills and develop your passion!

Come along to the Museum on Thursday 7th March 2019 to meet our volunteers and find out what volunteering at Bentley Priory Museum is all about!

We are running a morning (11am-1pm) and an afternoon (1pm-3pm) drop in session, click here to book your place now!

Volunteer opportunities available include:

  • Family Activities Volunteer
  • Garden Volunteer
  • Hospitality Volunteer in our popular vintage cafe
  • Reception Volunteer
  • Room Steward
  • Schools Volunteer
  • Tour Guide

Time Flies: A Celebration of 100 Years of the RAF

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Time Flies: A Celebration of 100 Years of the RAF ‘ – a RAF Royal Gala at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane on Sunday 7 October 2018.

‘Time Flies’ will tell the story of the formation of the RAF in 1918 to present day, through song, dance, poetry and film.

Among the names announced for this one-off spectacular show are the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the D-Day Darlings, Pixie Lott and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Proceeds from the Royal Gala will support 5 charities: The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, RAF 100 Appeal, the RAF Music Charitable Trust, The Polish Airmen’s Association and Bentley Priory Museum.

Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal’s website.

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.

RAF100 Concert

Please note: Access to the Museum on Saturdays 28th April and 5th May will only be for concert ticket holders.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you’re looking for more information about or to purchase tickets for the “Flying Without Wings” concert, please visit our events page.


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.

Click here to book online

Alternatively, call 020 8950 5526 or email to book.