17 September 2022

10.30am to 4.45pm

IWM Duxford



No additional entry ticket to IWM Duxford required with this ticket

Discover the Battle of Britain story at IWM Duxford

Hurricane pilots of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron at Duxford, 7 September 1940. In the background is Hawker Hurricane.

Discover the Battle of Britain story at IWM Duxford

Join us on Saturday 17 September for a day packed with fascinating lectures from guest speakers Paul Beaver and Victoria Taylor, and IWM curators Adrian Kerrison and Craig Murray. Four experts, four talks, one day immersed in a pivotal moment in history.

From 10 July – 31 October 1940, some of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War were being won in the skies. RAF Duxford was a Sector Station responsible for directing squadrons into battle, making it the perfect setting for exploring this historic moment.

Pilots of No.19 Squadron at Fowlmere, September 1940
© IWM CH 1371

IWM’s Second World War curator Adrian Kerrison will tell the story of how Duxford’s Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons made their mark on arguably the Battle’s most pivotal day – 15 September 1940. Curator Craig Murray will discuss the RAF's fighter control system devised by Hugh Dowding, which ensured victory in 1940, as well as Duxford's controversial Big Wing and its contribution to the Battle of Britain.

Author of Forgotten Few Paul Beaver will pay homage to the overlooked efforts of 57 naval pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain, and historian Victoria Taylor will re-tell this iconic British victory from the Luftwaffe's perspective.

Attendees will also enjoy a 20% discount on the new IWM publication The Battle of Britain: A Visual History on the day.

Timetable of the day

10:00 IWM Duxford opens
10:30 to 11:30 Craig Murray - The Dowding System and the Big Wing
11:30 to 12:00 Break
12:00 to 13:00 Paul Beaver - Forgotten Few: Naval Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Britain
13:00 to 14:15 Lunch (catering not included in ticket price)
14:15 to 15:15 Adrian Kerrison - Duxford’s Role in Battle of Britain Day
15:15 to 15:45 Break
15:45 to 16:45 Victoria Taylor - A Squadron of Spitfires: The Luftwaffe's Perspective in the Battle of Britain
16:45 Day ends





  • Portrait of Victoria Taylor, wearing a black jacket

    Victoria Taylor

    Taylor is an award-winning aviation historian based at the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University, where she is completing her PhD thesis on the Luftwaffe and National Socialism in the Third Reich.

    Her main historical focus is on British and German aviation during the interwar period and the Second World War.

  • Portrait photo of Paul Beaver, smiling whilst standing in a blue shirt with his arms crossed.

    Paul Beaver

    Beaver is an aviation historian, broadcaster and writer.

    He is very much a hands-on historian, with the Spitfire, Harvard and Mustang in his pilot’s logbook.

    He trained in the Army Air Corps, rising to Colonel before he retired in 2013.

    He is now Honorary Group Captain of No 601 Squadron; vice-president of the Spitfire Society and the author of several books on Spitfires.

  • Craig Murray Portrait
    © IWM

    Craig Murray

    Murray is a curator for the Duxford historical site at Imperial War Museum Duxford, working within the Cold War and Late 20th Century team.

    His main specialism, apart from the history of RAF Duxford, is the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

  • Adrian Kerrison at IWM Live and N3200

    Adrian Kerrison

    Adrian Kerrison has worked as a Curator in IWM’s Second World War and Mid-20th Century Conflict team since 2016 and is based at IWM Duxford.

    He has curated several exhibitions, including Hangar 4 Battle of Britain at IWM Duxford and Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon, and authored IWM’s latest photographic publication The Spitfire.

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