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Nov 28 2015

Bob Says: Funding for Battle of Britain Museum Project is Great!

bob_blackmanBob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, has congratulated the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust after the announcement today in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that £1million in Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) funding will be allocated for the completion of its Battle of Britain Museum project.

The result of this investment will see the significance of the Battle of Britain given its pivotal place in our ‘island story’ in this, the 75th anniversary year, to help create a sense of history in future generations of our society.

As a charity, the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust has a track-record of well delivered project management and top-rate financial acumen, having already worked with the London Borough of Harrow and the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver the initial museum project, with the additional funding significantly aiding its development as an important and inspiring educational environment to support the learning of school children and families all across the area.

Commenting after the Autumn Statement, Bob Blackman said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Chancellor has taken this step to preserve our nation’s heritage. This landmark museum is a vital means of ensuring the next generation are able to understand the sacrifices that were made during the Second World War and this funding will allow the museum to grow into all-encompassing educational environment, teaching the values of leadership and comradeship, as well as displaying the technology and skills involved in the Dowding System and the important role of women in the war.”

My sincere congratulations go to Sir Brian Burridge, Chair of Trustees, and his team for putting together an excellent development plan and I look forward to working closely with them as they deliver this project.”

Sir Brian Burridge added: “The Trust is very grateful to have been allocated this significant grant for our museum from the Libor fund. Given that Bentley Priory is the place from where the Battle of Britain was won, we are now ready to embark on an exciting project to bring the inspirational stories of the time to the widest possible audience and thus ensure that future generations are aware of its significance in the Nation’s history.”

This funding boost for the Bentley Priory Museum will allow for an inclusive, diverse and bespoke range of educational activities including events like ‘a day at pilot school’, ‘how to be a WAAF’ plotter’ and will also utilise the Museum’s impressive collection to highlight the impact of the Blitz on London for learning experiences, all against the backdrop of Bentley Priory where the Battle of Britain was won.

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2 comments

  1. sonoo malkani

    A definite “thumbs up”for funding this,since the importance of Bentley Priory and the role it played during the World War must never be forgotten or allowed to be dimmed.Its part and parcel of our National Heritage and has received the respect it richly deserves.

  2. Mr T Mills

    But did Smiling Bob have any input, or is he just milking the publicity?

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