Battle of Britain

Explore the human stories behind the Battle of Britain and discover how museums and heritage sites commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle with Culture24 news, listings, events, links, resources and features.

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Curator's Choice: A Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aerial stolen by schoolboys during the Battle of Britain

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum curator David Coxon on an unlikely souvenir purloined by children from a German Stuka dive bomber downed during the Battle of Britain.

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Archaeologists find remains of German Messerchmitt downed during Battle of Britain dogfight

Service personnel and archaeologists working on an innovative archaeology programme have unearthed the remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Lulworth in Dorset.

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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers begin UK flying tour at Eastbourne Airshow

A Canadian Lancaster bomber is taking part in a six-week tour of the UK with the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Smartphone app to let world see Dornier17 German bomber fly via RAF Museum

Following its dramatic rescue off the coast of Kent earlier this year, the Dornier17 will be visible in iconic locations across the world via a £75,000 app for smartphones.

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RAF Museum tells story of its WWII German Dornier bomber with new interpretation zone and virtual reality apps

The RAF Museum has unveiled ambitious plans to reveal the progress of the preservation of the World War Two German Dornier bomber it recovered from the sea in June 2013.

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Prince of Wales officially opens Battle of Britain Fighter HQ Bentley Priory as a museum

Dedicated to telling the tale of The One, The Few and The Many behind the Battle of Britain, the former HQ of Fighter Command has opened in triumph as Bentley Priory Museum.

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RAF Museum begins task of rescuing the last German Dornier bomber from the seabed

The RAF Museum has begun the delicate process of lifting the last remaining World War Two Luftwaffe Dornier bomber from its 1940 resting place beneath the Kent sea.

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Historic Duxford: Imperial War Museum Duxford tells the long story of an airfield

Imperial War Museum Duxford is preparing to open its first major permanent exhibition since 2007 revealing the history of the airfield and the men and women who served there.

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New Churchill War Rooms entrance will reference military hardware, Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore

The Imperial War Museum is promising a beacon-like entranceway to its award winning Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall.

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Scientists in race against time to help RAF Museum save WWII German Dornier bomber

Scientists from Imperial College are helping the RAF Museum develop new conservation techniques to help preserve the WWII German bomber discovered in 2010 off the Kent coast.

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Stephen Fry and heritage lovers celebrate as Bletchley Park wins £4.6 million HLF award

The 20-year campaign to turn Buckinghamshire codebreaking centre Bletchley Park into an impressive heritage heartland has been rewarded with a lucrative Lottery windfall.

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In Pictures: Spitfire celebrates its 75th anniversary at Duxford

Thousands gathered this weekend for thrilling aerial acrobatics at Imperial War Museum Duxford, celebrating the iconic fighter's 70th anniversary.

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Sir Richard Branson urges public to save Dornier Do-17 found by RAF Museum off Kent coast

The Royal Air Force Museum has launched a £250,000 campaign to save a German wartime bomber submerged under the sea where it was shot down at the height of the Battle of Britain.

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Eric Kennington's Portraits of the British at War at the RAF Museum, London

The RAF Museum is hosting a first exhibition focussing specifically on the Second World War portraits of Eric Kennington in a reassessment of the artist.

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Duxford rolls out its Spitfires to kickstart 75th anniversary celebration of the iconic fighter

Imperial War Museum Duxford is limbering up for the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire and celebratory September airshow.

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