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
Vegetables to Grow, July-August
The British Army in North Africa 1942
The British Army in the Normandy Campaign 1944
In the Jungle - Self Portrait, Konyu, Thailand Jungle, July 1943
Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection
The Battle of Passchendaele, July-November 1917
embroidery, decorative, civilian, British
Russian Forces in Berlin, 1945
Geiser Theodore (Mons) Collection
American Independence Day, London, 4th July 1918 : Central Hall, Westminster. Mr Winston Churchill speaking: 'Germany must be beaten, must know she is beaten, must feel she is beaten.'