Randolph Churchill, Patron of the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust (BHMMT) and great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, has published an open letter to the Royal Air Force community regarding the museum project at St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance.
The letter seeks to correct a number of the rumours about the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum that have been circulated in recent months. It also explains the Churchill family’s strong and historic connection with St George’s Chapel, and their support for the BHMMT’s project.
Work to conserve St George’s Chapel and build the new museum commenced in September. Construction is due to be completed by November 2018 in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and to be part of the RAF 100 celebrations.
Jo said: ‘As Randolph Churchill’s letter makes clear, the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will play a central role in honouring those that served at Biggin Hill, educating future generations about the airfield’s historic importance and protecting St George’s Chapel as a place of worship and memorial.
‘This has been a long-time coming as a project and, given that the Chapel itself was threatened with closure two years ago, I very much welcome that construction of the new museum is now underway. I am looking forward to visiting the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum when it opens its doors to the public next year.’
A copy of Randolph Churchill’s letter can be found here.
Answers to some FAQs about the project are available here.
Photograph shows Jo Johnson MP with Air Commodore John Bell (left) and the former Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Ian Payne (centre).