"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few"
Temporary Closure for Essential Conservation Work: Wednesday 12 November - Friday 21 November 2014
Please note that if you're planning to visit the Museum in November, we will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 12 November until Saturday 22 November for essential conservation work. This work includes conserving and reframing our largest artefact on display: The Battle of Britain Lace Panel.
Christmas and New Year Closure Dates
Bentley Priory Museum will close at 16.00 on the 20th December 2014 and will re-open at 10.00 on Monday the 5th January 2015. The staff and volunteers would like to thanks all visitors for their support this year, and Seasons Greeting to everyone.
Bentley Priory Museum
Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating story of the beautiful Grade 2* listed country house, focussing on its role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. We explain how technology, leadership and courage forged victory allowing Britain’s darkest hour to also be her Finest Hour. We tell the story of ‘The One’– Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, ‘the Few’ who took to air to defend our skies and ‘the Many’ without whose tireless work on the ground victory would not have been possible.
A typical museum visit takes 2-2 ½ hours, we look forward to welcoming you to Bentley Priory and hope the information below will help you plan your visit.
Wing Commander Robert “Bob” Foster DFC AE
May 14th 1920 – 31st July 2014
It is with much sadness we were informed of the death of Bob Foster.
Bob flew Hurricanes with 605 Squadron in the Battle of Britain
Achieving a score of 1 Destroyed, 3 Damaged, 1 Shared, 1 Probable
In June 1942 he was posted with 54 Squadron to Australia in defence against the Japanese.
His final Wartime score was
6 Destroyed, 7 Damaged, 1 Shared, 3 Probable
He was released from the RAF in February 1947. He then went on to serve with 3613 Fighter Control Unit RAuxAF from 1948 until 1957.
In later life he became Chairman of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association.
Bob and his wife Kaethe were regular visitors to Bentley Priory and strong supporters of the museum.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Kaethe and her family at this sad time.
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain, so named by Winston Churchill in a speech in the dark days of June 1940, is one of the decisive battles of history. Had the battle been lost, the whole course of world history would have been changed. It was fought in the skies above Britain from July until October. Churchill aptly described the aircrew who fought in the battle as "The Few". These were 2353 young men from Great Britain, with 574 from overseas. 544 lost their lives during the battle, and nearly 800 more died before the end of the Second World War.