TQ0683 : The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre, Uxbridge

taken 2 years ago, near to Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Great Britain

The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre, Uxbridge
The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre, Uxbridge
Hillingdon Council acquired the Battle of Britain Bunker in 2015 from the Ministry of Defence and invested 6 million to create a permanent visitor centre at the site, which was opened in March 2018. The building provides a 2,000 square metre complex on two levels. Its design embraces the central themes of flight and aeroplanes including suspended Spitfire and Hurricane planes.
Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge

The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at the site of the former RAF Uxbridge. Following excavations in 1938, the Bunker was constructed in top-secrecy between February and August 1939 by Sir Robert McAlpine. The floor of the Bunker is 60 ft underground and is accessed by a staircase of 76 steps. The walls, floor and ceiling are approximately 1 metre thick and are made of concrete with waterproof lining. The solid concrete walls and the approximately 30 ft of earth above the Bunker's ceiling meant that no bomb of the period could penetrate it. A ventilation and air filtration system, which still functions well, was installed to provide an air supply to the Operations Room staff.

The bunker was used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during the Second World War. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from there throughout the War but most notably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day. Today it is run by Hillingdon Council as a heritage attraction with attached museum. A new visitor centre above ground opened in March 2018.

The Group Operations Room is a Grade I Listed Building (List Entry Number: 1392556) LinkExternal link
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
Visitor site: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 October, 2019   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 October, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Suburb, Urban fringe  Educational sites  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Museum 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0652 8355 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.4485N 0:27.9262W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 06525 83549
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