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TEN YEARS: Stanmore museum to mark 10th anniversary of opening next month

 Published on: 7th August 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A museum in Stanmore its celebrating 10 years since it was officially opened by His Majesty King Charles III.

Bentley Priory Museum was first opened in September 2013 in a ceremony attended by the then Prince of Wales, Battle of Britain pilots and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force veterans.

During the Battle of Britain, RAF Bentley Priory played a pivotal role as Headquarters Fighter Command, ensuring that Britain’s darkest hour became its finest hour. Since its royal opening 10 years ago, the museum has welcomed nearly 80,000 visitors to engage with its internationally important history.

To mark the anniversary, the museum will be holding a new show next month exploring the site’s fascinating 850-year history.

Through words and music, the Bentley Priory Chronicles will introduce audiences to some of the stories of the site and the people who used to live there, from Augustinian Friars to the Hamilton family.

It has been written by local composers Philip Barnett and Bryan Kesselman, assisted by George Frederich Handel, Sir Arthur Sullivan, King Henry VIII and Sir Walter Scott. Performers will include members of the Tonic Choir and children from a local school.

The shows will take place at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, September 30, and Saturday, October 7. To get tickets, which cost £10, head to the museum website or call 020 8950 5526.

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