“The Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating history of Bentley Priory, focusing on its role as Headquarter Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
The Museum’s incredible collection predominately comprises of objects which were proudly on display at Bentley Priory during its time as an RAF base, between 1926 and 2008. The Museum displays a collection of memorabilia relating to Battle of Britain aircrew.”
"Please note that the Museum is within a residential estate. A friendly concierge team will open the entrance gates to the Bentley Priory estate for you on your arrival.
The concierge office is on the left hand side of the road close to the black iron entrance gates. Once through the gates, follow the road down and at the mini roundabout follow the road or pavement to the left. The Museum is situated on the right hand side in the large, yellow Mansion House.
Admission is free for carers/companions."
"There is plenty of free car-parking on site. The car-park is a 2 minute walk from the Museum’s entrance. There are 5 accessible parking spaces directly outside the Museum for blue-badge holders."
"The main entrance door is not automatic. If you require assistance please ring the bell.
The reception area has two steps up to it. There is a step free route which the volunteer stewards will be able to show you. The remaining gallery areas are step free.
The Museum is located over two floors. All the exhibition galleries are on the Ground Floor, and the café, toilets, temporary exhibition gallery and entrance to the garden are on the Lower Ground Floor. There is the option of a lift or stairs to move between floors.
The floor is mainly tiled with wooden floors in the exhibition galleries.
There is seating throughout the gallery spaces.
The Museum is well lit. There is one exhibition gallery, the Filter Room, which has its shutters closed and so is quite dark. There is also background audio playing on a loop. There are room stewards on hand should you need assistance."
"The shop area is situated in front of the reception desk and purchases are made at reception. Items are marked with prices."
"The café is on the lower ground floor and can be accessed by stairs or by lift. There is a range of hot and cold snacks available."
"All public toilets are located on the lower ground floor and can be accessed by stairs or by lift.
There is one unisex accessible toilet with an emergency pull cord.
There are men’s and women’s toilets with baby change areas."
"The gardens can be accessed through the café. There is step free access to the lower level of the garden.
There is seating available throughout."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Disabled parking access
- Wheelchair hire available
"The Museum is entirely step-free.
There are two wheelchairs available at the Museum which can be borrowed.
All door openings are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The paths in the garden are gravel with a special membrane which supports wheelchair use.
The museum exhibition galleries are housed on the ground floor which is step free and wheelchair accessible. Access to the garden and the café, toilets, learning centre and temporary exhibition space are located on the Lower Ground Floor, accessible by lift or stairs."Vision accessibility features:
- Audible or braille signage
- Audio description services
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
Access for partially sighted and blind visitors
"Guide Dogs are welcome, and water is available for your Guide Dog on request from the Café on the Lower Ground Floor.
We have also recorded audio descriptions for 36 objects from the Museum’s incredible collection, which are available on the Collection page.
A large print and a Braille Museum guide are available to support your visit. They include numerous large print/tactile images of key obejcts."
Audio description tours
"The Museum has an adult and a children’s audio described tour which are available free of charge. If you are interested in an audio described tour, handsets are available from the Museum’s Reception Desk. The museum volunteers will be able to set up the equipment and show you how to use it. The Museum uses the ATS Micro handset, with the option of using the inbuilt speaker or headphones. You can use your own headphones or we can provide some.
The adult tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, with an additional optional 20 minutes, and the children’s tour lasts approximately 35 minutes. During both tours you will have the option of an additional 10 minute audio-visual film. The equipment accommodates two sets of headphones, or it can be listened to through the speaker on the handset.
The Museum runs live audio described tours. Please check our What’s On page for upcoming events."Hearing accessibility features:
- Captioning services
Access for hard of hearing or deaf visitors
"Our 10 minute Audio Visual film on the role of Bentley Priory during the Battle of Britain and the importance of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding’s leadership is subtitled. The short films on radar and the Observer Corps in the Ballroom gallery are also subtitled.
We will shortly make the scripts of the audio on the telephone sound-posts around the galleries available in the Museum.
Hearing dogs are welcome and there is a water bowl available."
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