Battle of Britain Bunker Uxbridge Tour
31 August @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pmFree – £6.00
This is a family day out for Light Blues members. We encourage you to bring Family, Friends and Children to this very interesting tour. All Adult tickets are subsidised by the Middlesex Light Blues Club, and we allow for each Club Member to book up to 4 adults and 4 children.
If you are booking tickets for children please select from both tickets at the same time (we ask you to honour the limit of 4 adults and 4 children per member booking).
We look forward to seeing you on what we hope is a great day, delivering on the aim of Social Fun for Masons and there family and friends.
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 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. They can listen to first-hand accounts from people that worked in the bunker during its finest hour in 1940. They can see real artefacts including aircraft wreckage, uniforms, and telecommunications equipment used by the RAF to defend the nation. And they can experience for themselves the pressures, complexity and fun of working in the bunker with our hands-on, audio-visual interactives.
The exhibition provides insight into how the bunker worked, inside and out, featuring a replica of the original 1940 plotting map and a 360 degree touch screen experience for those unable to go underground to visit the bunker and the original Operations Room.