Spitfire Summer: Museums and Heritage Sites
Other than airfields, Fighter Command headquarters including Bentley Priory, the Uxbridge 11 Group bunker, radar/ RDF sites, and aviation museums on former fighter stations such as Duxford, are the primary ways of engaging with the Battle of Britain through its built heritage. Many museums and heritage sites were established through third-sector commitment from the 1970s onwards, the Heritage Lottery Fund a now vital source of funding for these. Chapter themes include the wide range of museums and heritage sites, their third-sector roots, conservation challenges, display approaches, and authenticity. Also discussed is how the Battle’s historiography has shaped interpretation. There is also some focus upon the contribution of Polish and Czechoslovak aircrew in heritage displays.