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Museum to safeguard future of St George's Memorial Chapel at Biggin Hill airport

PUBLISHED: 10:41 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 08 September 2015

St George's Chapel in Biggin Hill

St George's Chapel in Biggin Hill

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A museum commemorating Biggin Hill airport's role in the Second World War is to be created in St George's Memorial Chapel to safeguard its future.

A museum commemorating Biggin Hill airport’s role in the Second World War is to be created in St George’s Memorial Chapel to safeguard its future.

An appeal has been launched to raise the £1.5 million needed to build the museum, which will not interfere with the chapel’s religious and memorial functions.

The proposals were discussed at a public meeting last Wednesday chaired by the Ven Dr Paul Wright, the Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley and a trustee of the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust.

A spokesperson for Bromley Council said: “Combining the chapel and a heritage centre together represents the best chance of creating a sustainable future.

“Two separate sites will incur increased building management and maintenance costs, for instance.”

Council leader Stephen Carr added: “The proposals are still in their early stages, and public discussion and consultation are clearly part of this.

“Not everyone will approve of the detail, although everyone will approve of the overarching aim, that we never forget.”

A museum development manager will be hired to take charge of the project, and Katherine Barnett, who is the manager of Chartwell, a National Trust property and Winston Churchill’s former home, has also become a trustee.

She said: “Creating museum to keep the memory of the Battle of Britain alive, as well as preserve the chapel, is incredibly important.

“I am delighted to have been invited to join its team of trustees, and away from my role at Chartwell I will look forward to working to safeguard the legacy of Biggin Hill, and ensure that the bravery and sacrifice of The Few is never forgotten.”

For details on how to support the appeal and make donations, email community.development@bromley.gov.uk.

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