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.
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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
The Falklands Conflict, April - June 1982
Admiralty Message announcing the use of codename Operation Dynamo for the evacuation of the BEF, May 1940
VE Day mug
The Allied Campaign in North West Europe, 6 June - 7 May 1945
Royal Proclamation on the Reduction of Domestic Bread Consumption, May 1917
The Campaign in Italy, May 1944
Brussels, VE Day 3
The Battle for Crete, 20 - 31 May 1941
Liberated from Belsen Concentration Camp, 1945