Bentley Priory Museum in Stanmore have raised more than £1,300 to support one of their most popular aircrafts, which is in need of remedial work.
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on museums and Bentley Prior has been closed for most of the past year. However, the costs of maintaining a museum and its precious collections don’t go away.
Bentley Priory Museum has two striking, full size Battle of Britain replica aircraft at its entrance: a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane, which captures the interest and excitement of our visitors on their arrival.
On their fundraising page, a spokesperson for the museum said: “Our fabulous Spitfire is painted in the colours of Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Cyril Stanley ‘Bam’ Bamberger DFC AE. Bam was an accomplished RAF pilot who flew during the Battle of Britain, the Defence of Malta and the Korean War. He was a passionate supporter of the creation of a Museum at Bentley Priory.
“However, Bam’s Spitfire is now in need of remedial work where there has been water ingress, to repair cracks which have allowed the water to get inside the aircraft, and to protect it from water damage in the future.
“Your donation will help us to get the expert care needed to protect the Spitfire for years to come.”
The museum is also offering rewards for donations in response to people’s gratitude. For example, a £20 donation will reward a complimentary adult ticket to visit the museum after lockdown and 10 per cent discount in our online shop.
To donate, head to crowdfunder.co.uk/support-our-spitfire