14 September 2020

3pm - 5pm

IWM Duxford

Hangar Four

£25

IWM members are invited to a special preview of the new Operations Block and Battle of Britain Exhibition.

The new Ops Block: Battle of Britain is an extension and upgrade of the previous Operations Room exhibition. The newly extended exhibition shines a light on Duxford’s key role in the Battle of Britain.

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Discover Personal stories

Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO (front centre) with some of the Canadian pilots of his Squadron, 242 (Canadian) Squadron, grouped around his Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford.
Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO (front centre) with some of the Canadian pilots of his Squadron, 242 (Canadian) Squadron, grouped around his Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford. © IWM CH 1413

Discover Personal stories

Discover personal stories from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, Allied pilots and Fighter Command who worked on site during the summer of 1940. Feel what it was like to be inside the Operations Room as you experience an audio-visual recreation of the day the battle reached its climax, 15 September 1940.

As well as being among the first people to view this brand-new exhibition, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes insight into its development from the staff involved in creating it.

The tour includes:

  • Exclusive first view of the Ops Block: Battle of Britain, limited to just 45 people
  • A 60-minute lecture from the Curatorial, Exhibitions and Masterplanning Teams at IWM Duxford
  • An exclusive first view of the newly refreshed Battle of Britain Exhibition
  • A Q&A session with museum staff
  • The opportunity to take photographs of the new exhibition

Social Distancing Measures

Your safety is our priority. Please read about the social distancing measures we have put in place for this event.

Read about the Battle of Britain

Pilots of No. 19 and No. 616 Squadrons pose alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. Sitting on wing (left to right) are Brian Lane, George Unwin and Francis Brinsden (with Flash the Alsation and Rangy the Spaniel). Front row (left to right) are Bernard Jennings, Colin McFie, Howard Burton and Philip Leckman.
Squadron Leader Howard ‘Billy’ Burton (front row, second from right) © IWM CH 1400
Duxford
13 Photos Of Duxford And Fowlmere During The Battle Of Britain
During the Battle of Britain, Duxford and Fowlmere had two main jobs - to protect the Midlands and help the fighters of 11 Group when needed. 11 Group was responsible for the south-east of England, including London, and bore the brunt of the fighting in the summer of 1940. Here are 13 photos that showcase life at Duxford and Fowlmere during the Battle of Britain. 
Spitfire pilots pose beside the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, 1940.
© IWM (CH 2064)
Second World War
8 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Here are 8 things you need to know about one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.
Halifax B Mark VI, NP831, awaiting delivery at the bomber production line, Radlett, Hertfordshire.
© IWM (ATP 13205D)
Battle of Britain
8 Important Dates In The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a decisive air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Discover 8 important dates from the battle, one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.

Location

Duxford Airfield
Address

IWM Duxford
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

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