"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few"
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 yesterday.
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.
Visiting Bentley Priory Museum
Bentley Priory Museum is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We are also open the third Saturday of each month. Opening hours are 1000-1700 (last entry at 1600). From September the museum will be open every Saturday.
How to find us
Bentley Priory Museum
Mansion House Drive
HA7 3FB – For Sat Navs please use postcode HA7 3HT which brings you to the main gates of the museum.
The museum is located within the Bentley Priory Housing Development (which is signposted with yellow housing signs). Please do not be put off by the gates to the development– a friendly security guard will open them for you if you are coming to the museum.
We are currently developing signs for the museum.
|Children Under 5 years||Free|
|Military Veterans, HM Forces Personnel, Museum Association Members and schools & colleges||
We have a large free museum car park on the right hand side as you approach the museum. Only Disabled parking is allowed outside the main house in marked disable parking spaces.
We welcome pre-booked group visits, of 20 or more, which can be booked on any day of the week, excluding Sundays. We have spaces for coach parking. We can provide light lunches for pre-booked groups but need firm numbers and a deposit in advance. Please call 020 8950 5526 extension 201 or email email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
We have disabled parking close to the museum and the museum and exhibits are DDA compliant. Our AV presentation is subtitled but we do not yet have braille interpretation – but we will endeavour to provide a guide and extra help where possible. We have 2 manual wheelchairs available for visitors. Please call us on 020 8950 5526 extension 201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any specific requirements.
We have a café serving teas, coffees soft drinks and light refreshments.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 8950 5526 or email email@example.com The phone is not permanently manned but we will call you back if you leave a message on the answer phone.
We very much welcome school visits. We have a full time learning officer and fabulous learning centre. For more information please ring 020 8950 5526 extension 205 or see our schools page.
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.