Our annual MAB Staff Day was held at Bentley Priory Museum in Stanmore, Middlesex. Bentley Priory, a Grade II listed house, was the headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Surrounded by beautiful grounds at the front of the house and replete with large-scale models of a Hurricane and Spitfire welcoming the visitor, the museum is a sea of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of North West London.
The day provided an opportunity for MAB staff to get together, to catch up with other members of staff and discuss their work and their roles within the organisation, as well as learning about some of the developments taking place within the organisation. The afternoon provided an opportunity for a tour of the beautiful house and a chance to see the Operations Room, from which air defences were planned and controlled during the Battle of Britain. This was followed by refreshments in the pretty tea room that overlooks the picturesque gardens at the rear of the house.
Bentley Priory has a fascinating history not just for its role during the Battle of Britain but as a stately home. If you have not been, it is well worth a visit. The museum runs free audio description tours for the sight impaired. There have limited places and should be booked in advance. For further details, call 020 8950 5526 or visit http://bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk.