Biggin Hill Memorial Museum appeal launch at St George’s Chapel

Published Tuesday, 12 May 2015

An appeal has been launched following the Civic service at St George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill.

The Civic service, one of the last official civic duties for the Mayor of Bromley, was a poignant memorial tribute to the airmen and ground crew at Biggin Hill in World War Two. The service coincided with the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain. 

Representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Poland, New Zealand, The Netherlands and the United States of America attended the service recognising the sacrifice and contribution made by their countrymen at Biggin Hill. 

“Winston Churchill’s famous quote referencing the contribution of ‘the Few’ continues to resonate with us today and we must never forget and always remember. We are enormously grateful to all the countries who stood with us today as they did then in solidarity and remembrance. We must now ensure that a Memorial Museum is built and make sure that this long held aspiration becomes reality. We would encourage you to give to this very worthwhile project because we can actually make this happen and now as then, stand together and make a difference” said Councillor Julian Benington, Mayor of Bromley. 

The appeal launch follows an announcement in the Budget in March when £1million was pledged to safeguard the long term future of St George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill through the building of a new museum at the site. Concept design options and business planning has identified that £1.5 million is now required to be raised in addition to money from the Council and the Government. 

Bromley Council is leading the Memorial Museum project with the Royal Air Force (RAF), and the Diocese of Rochester, which will safeguard the future of St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance. This approach will provide a sustainable, self-funding future for the Chapel, and enhance the heritage value, ensuring its important historical stories and learning opportunities are accessible to the widest possible audience. The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will be a regional visitor experience, telling a story of national importance. 

Details about how to support the appeal and make donations are available by e- mailing community.development@bromley.gov.uk with all donations received going directly to the museum.

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Editor’s notes:

  • The Mayor of Bromley’s Civic Service at St George’s Chapel was sponsored by Francis Chappell & Sons and their support is gratefully acknowledged. 
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Advisor, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk