Geoff Parmakis, a retiree from Petts Wood, is supporting the curators of the museum in a research capacity as he wants to leave a legacy for his grandson and future generations by helping to tell the stories of local people who lost their lives to war.
He started by identifying the personal stories of the victims of the bomb attack on Biggin Hill on the 30th of August 1940, which took the lives of 40 people; an explosive had fallen directly into a trench shelter where the airmen and civilians were taking cover from low-flying Junkers.
Geoff has since gone on to research all the lives lost in Biggin Hill to air raids during World War 2 and is currently working as a part of a team on a mapping project to record where bombs were dropped in the surrounding area.
Ben Reilly, a 16-year old secondary school student from Charles Darwin School, is volunteering his time as a youth ambassador for the museum. As a keen historian he wants to help bring history to life by making it relevant to a younger audience. He is particularly interested in telling the stories of the Battle of Britain pilots.