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Massive boost for Biggin Hill Memorial Museum as it wins National Lottery Support

PUBLISHED: 17:32 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:32 19 October 2016

Arist's impression of the museum © Robin Lee Architecture

Arist's impression of the museum © Robin Lee Architecture

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The museum aims to celebrate the site's heritage

Plans to build a memorial museum at Biggin Hill received a huge boost this week.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the plans a stage one pass for a grant of almost £2million.

Working with the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust, Bromley council now develop project details further before plans are submitted for final agreement in June 2017.

The museum hopes to be a celebration of Biggin Hill airport’s significance in the Second World War.

Trust patron Randolph Churchill said: “Biggin Hill was at the forefront of action to defend our skies in the Battle of Britain. In recognition of the important part she played in that battle my great grandfather, Winston Churchill, personally led the fundraising campaign for the Chapel’s construction in 1951, to be a permanent shrine of remembrance to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

“This important museum will remember ‘The Few’ and honour the Many, ensuring that Biggin Hill’s internationally significant heritage is preserved in the nation’s memory.”

The overall project cost is more than £5m, and includes a significant endowment to the Trust to enable the museum to be self-sustaining in perpetuity. So far more than £1m has been secured in addition to HLF funding, and the project team has identified other potential sources of funding to reach the overall funding target.

Bromley council leader Stephen Carr added: “In partnership with the Trust, the council will continue to work with like-minded groups and individuals to realise this important project.”

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