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Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge
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not a lot to say , but one word speechless an absolute gem if you are interested in the battle of Britain its a must. nice friendly atmosphere what I do love no corporate bull does what it says on the... read more »
On holiday from West Sussex and visited this museum and we are glad we did. There is so much to see you could go every day for a week and still not see it all. Visiting really hits home how young thes... read more »
We are born and bred in Kent (Deal) but left over 45 years ago for Australia. A dream of my husbands was to visit this site as he has been a model plane enthusiast for over 60 years. To see the real t... read more »
Well worth a visit! There are many impressive displays with an attention to detail that frankly, beggars belief! I was particularly taken with the recreation of Franz Von Werra's crash landing, but there are MANY other interesting exhibits. If you haven't been here yet; What's stopping you?!!!
I finally visited today after wanting to for years. I'm a 28 year old WW2 aviation enthusiast. I was worried that I'd been spoilt by the likes of Duxford and Hendon, but the BoB Museum is truly astounding. It brilliantly links personal and military belongings to combat events etc. It has a ridiculously large collection of historic items and memorabilia, which you could literally take all day reading if you wanted. I was fascinated by the extensive collection of combat damaged engines, the place is riddled with Merlins and DB's! And the icing on the cake is the collection of fine aviation art in the last building. Please go, and take your children, it's important we remember these men.
I was out for the day with the people from the day center I go to for disabled people. We arrived here by mistake as we were meant to go to the memorial. I was desperate to use the toilet and was shocked to discover I had to pay to go in to use the toilet which was not disabled and I had to hold on to my wheelchair to get in and out. As we paid to go in we looked around a bit Same with the entrance to the museum. I had to hold on to something so the wheelchair could collapse a bit to go through the door One of the exhibits I couldn't get into either.
Despite not allowing cameras (or mobile phones and large bags) into the museum, this museum has a superb collection of British and German items from the Battle of Britain.(They do give a security receipt for cameras, phones and bags when they are deposited at the entrance). Regarding the 'No photos' ruling it was probably good for me as I would have probably used all my film/memory cards up and lost camera power easily within the first 5 minutes as there's so much to see. I really enjoyed absorbing the exhibits with my eyes rather than through a small LCD screen. A great deal of effort has been taken to give detailed information about the pilots and aircraft history ....and some are very moving, especially when letters from pilots are shown alongside their faces. There is so much to see that one visit may not be enough. The museum closes for general maintenance over the winter months but the shop part, which has one of the best stocks of Corgi diecast models, with a fine display, and with other models and detailing books etc., is OPEN on SATURDAYS. Phone to double check or see their website. Some of the large aircraft replicas are from scenes used in the the "Battle of Britain" film at Hawkinge. The staff here are very helpful and the great majority are volunteers, so the museum deserves its success. The airfield itself is no more as it is now a housing development, but a few buildings remain. There is a great model of what it looked like. A great day to be had, whenever you visit...but check opening dates and times first.
The best museum in England. This is sited on the famous Battle of Britain airfield of Hawkinge Aerodrome run by volunteers led by Dave Brocklehurst MBE with extensive displays of aircraft, stories of pilots who fought in 1940 and died in saving others. This Kent Battle of Britain Museum collection has been built up using aviation archeology over 40 years and reflects the care and dedication of the volunteers to honour The Few. It is, perhaps the finest tribute to these men that you will ever find. Fit this is with a visit to the nearby Capel-le-Ferne Battle of Britain Memorial and Wing to complete a full day remembering those who fell in the Battle of Britain. The family, children and adults will find much to see and do. Extensive full size aircraft replicas including many Hurricanes, Spitfires, a Fokker DR1 Triplane, Messerschmitt 110 and Messerschmitt Bf109E fighters, together with a large collection of Merlin engines, aircraft relics and story boards. This museum is well worth a visit and will excite you. Please visit the shop and cafe and support these volunteers by buying a souvenir book or models, etc. Enjoy this wonderful day out. Paul Davies BoBHSc
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