Letters between Loved Ones’ trail at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and Chartwell 2021

Acknowledging this last year and the separation individuals have had from their family, loved ones and home, Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and Chartwell share letters from the archives that capture similar feelings of love and longing while the writers were parted.

Join us for a brand new trail to explore our grounds and learn more about the historic role of RAF Biggin Hill.

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum explores letters from the Second World War, written between the servicemen and women of RAF Biggin Hill, and their own families and loved ones. RAF Biggin Hill airport played a large role during the Battle of Britain, strategically located between London and continental Europe and described by Churchill as our ‘strongest link’.

One of the letters you can read over at the Museum is between a mother and her son, Harry Simpson, who had joined the RAF at the tender age of 18. He signs his letter back to her with no less than four rows of x’s, showing the high emotions at being away from home, and in such world changing times.

Photographed from the original letters, you will get the chance to read the words of separation, hope and love out on boards dotted around our grounds.

The Nightingale Cafe, museum shop and grounds are open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 3pm.

The Museum will reopen on Tuesday 18th May.

Gain Half price entry to our museum from 18th May with proof of a visit to Chartwell or if you let us know that
you are also planning to visit Chartwell.