Be inspired this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day reminisce and celebrate at the museum, where there are plenty of ways to spend quality time as a family in our unique location. Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 22 and we have plenty of ideas on how to celebrate a special person. Whoever you celebrate with, get the family together to experience our unique museum and create inspiring memories.

Things to do at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Gate Guardians

The Spitfire and Hurricane Gate Guardians have been an official memorial since 1954. The Spitfire represents Spitfire N3194, Flown by Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum of 92 Squadron. The Hurricane represents Hurricane L1710, flown by Pilot Pete Brothers of 32 Squadron. This is a perfect spot to get the family together for a photograph and see our planes at close quarters.

 

 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Join us for Afternoon Tea on Mother’s Day in our Nightingale Café, including cakes, scones, sandwiches and mini savouries. A vegetarian option is available and free booking is essential. £12 per person

We are running a competition to win afternoon tea for you and your mum in our Nightingale café on this date, send us your

best family photos to e.weineck@bhmm.org.uk by 11 March to have a chance of winning.

 

Chapel

St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the aircrew who lost their lives flying from the Biggin Hill Sector during the Second World War. It was built in 1951 after a fundraising campaign led by Sir Winston Churchill. The chapel features a reredos, the Book of Remembrance, and 12 stained glass windows design by Sir Hugh Easton.

 

Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance contains the ashes of deceased RAF personnel and their spouses. The garden was originally filled with 10,000 Dutch orange tulips, gifted by the people of the Netherlands in 1968. Sadly the tulips were too costly to maintain but were replaced by rose beds. The current variety is Pot o’Gold.

 

Stepping into RAF Biggin Hill

Learn about the fascinating heritage of RAF Biggin Hill and the surrounding area as you discover local sights and areas of interest along the route. Suitable for walkers of all abilities, the trail is 1.6 miles long and includes a driving trail should you wish to discover areas of interest further afield.

 

Café and our Outside seating area

Drop in and visit our Nightingale Cafe for cakes and coffee. The cafe and outside terrace seating gives views over to the airfield. We are dog friendly within the outside patio area. No admission ticket to the museum is needed to enjoy the food at our Nightingale Cafe, you will always be welcome. If you are lucky, enjoy seeing the Spitfires take off from the nearby Heritage Hanger while you refresh with lunch or cake.

Reminisce and make memories

Visiting the museum is a perfect opportunity to reminisce on family memories, using our collections and handling collection to spark memories and make new ones. Use our 1940s toys collection to bring to life family memories and share the stories in your family.

Inspiring Mothers

Meet our inspiring Mother’s in wartime and learn about their stories:

Kath Preston

Kath Preston and her husband Teddy took over the tenancy of the White Hart pub in the village of Brasted in 1932. One day a squadron leader from Biggin visited the pub, and after receiving a warm welcome from Teddy word spread and more men from the station visited. Kath and Teddy became popular landlords; they soon knew all the pilot names and received invitations to visit the Mess.

Mrs Greensmith

Mrs Greensmith and her husband Bill ran the popular Nightingale tearooms, serving tea and cakes to soldiers as well as passing trade. On holiday when war was declared they returned home to find their home “behind the wire”. The family lived on the airfield during the war.

Mrs Simpson

Mrs Simpson and Mr Simpson moved their family away to Biggin Hill when the Luftwaffe started bombing London. Their children Harry joined RAF Bomber Command and Lillian became a WAAF at Biggin Hill. Their children Jean and Connie lived in Biggin Hill with their parents. The Simpson family letters are on display in the museum.

Olive Archard

Olive Archard was a Biggin Hill mum who refused to be cowed by the dangers and privations of the Second World War. Whilst her sisters had been evacuated to Cornwall for the duration, Olive refused to leave her home and, with her husband, James away in the army, stayed with her young daughter, Penny, in the family home.