Battle of Britain 80: The Heroes of Biggin Hill

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Primary school

Battle of Britain 80: The Heroes of Biggin Hill

Learn about the heroes behind the headlines in our workshop to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Meet key characters who played a vital role in keeping RAF Biggin Hill operational during the Battle of Britain and throughout the Second World War. Handle real artefacts as you discover the stories of people such as Sergeant Elizabeth ‘Joan’ Mortimer, whose actions during the Battle of Britain earned her the Military Medal for bravery, and Geoffrey Wellum, who was only 19 when he became a Spitfire pilot. You can also learn about Trixi the NAAFI girl, Olive Archard, a Biggin Hill mum, and ‘Grubby’ Grice, who was shot down during the Battle of Britain and whose treatment by Sir Archibald McIndoe lead to an important discovery.

The session consists of a question and answer session, followed by hands-on discovery-based learning in the form of object handling. Children then feed back the information they have found out to the rest of their class in the form of a short presentation.