Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge
The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre includes a state-of-the-art exhibition detailing the development of the UK’s air defence system from the First World War to the end of the Second World War. It places the bunker in its context both chronologically and systematically. Visitors learn the key moments of history that shaped Britain’s air defence and led to the construction of the bunker.
The bunker housed RAF Fighter Command’s No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War, the room from which most of the RAF’s side of the Battle of Britain was co-ordinated. Key decisions that would decide the fate of the nation were taken in the bunker throughout 1940 and it was thanks to the tireless work of the plotters and controllers that the RAF’s fighter pilots managed to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.
The Operations Room, in reality, a series of rooms on two levels some 60 feet (18 metres) underground, is reached via 76 steps. The plotting room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states, is exactly how it was when Winston Churchill visited on 15 September 1940.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – Churchill’s famous phrase about the Battle of Britain was first spoken following one of his visits to the bunker in August 1940.
The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre is a 2,000 square metre complex on two levels. Its design embraces the central themes of flight and aeroplanes. Our exhibition hall features state-of-the-art museum displays and we also have a 95 seat auditorium; large and small meeting rooms with views of the exhibition; a café and gift shop; reception area and toilets.
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