See the reconstructed 1940 Operations Room, which directed aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
Still tucked behind its original blast walls, the room has been restored to how it would have looked in 1940
A reconstruction of the place where RAF Duxford’s fighter aircraft were directed into combat during the Battle of Britain.
The fixtures and fittings of this historic room were removed long ago, but today you can see an accurate reconstruction of the Operations Room. A variety of different sources of evidence, including documents, photographs, film and personal recollections, were used in ensuring the Operations Room looks as it did in 1940.
Collections in Context
The Supermarine Spitfire
Designed by R J Mitchell, the Supermarine Spitfire is arguably one of the most iconic aircraft in aviation history...
The Hawker Hurricane
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Stephen Woolford, Head of Interpretation and Collections at IWM Duxford, gives an introduction to IWM Duxford's key Battle of Britain sites.
From our Collections
Christmas with the British Liberation Army in Holland, 16 November 1944
With Moderation Towards Ourselves
Princess Mary's Gift Fund 1914, Class A non-smokers (writing stationery)
Post Much Earlier this Christmas
Christmas Party for Trooper Devereux's Daughter: Christmas in Wartime, Pinner, Middlesex, December 1944
Parcel cover, Scarborough Christmas Parcel Fund
British Forces in Bosnia 1994: Operation Grapple
Tin, South African Gifts And Comforts Committee
Percy Vere - Number 18 (recto) Wishing You a Happy Christmas and an Accident Free New Year (verso)