IWM Duxford

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The nerve centre of Duxford

WAAF mannequin

The nerve centre of Duxford

The Operations Room was the nerve centre of Duxford’s Battle of Britain. From here the men and women who worked on the ground at Duxford directed the station’s pilots into combat.

In one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind, our curators have faithfully recreated the Operations Room as it was in the summer of 1940. Step back in time to the Second World War - hear the sounds of a German air raid and see the equipment, charts and plans which mapped the movements of the aircraft in battle overhead.

As part of the exciting transformation of IWM Duxford, the Operations Room will be closing temporarily from 28 October 2019.

The Operations Room is undergoing maintenance work and redevelopment to improve the visitor experience to this important historical room. The Operations Room will re-open in 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact customer services.

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