This review is long overdue as I visited on the opening day of the season this year (end of March!).
I read in a previous review about the "tatty signs". Well, you must understand that this museum gets no government funding, no Lottery funding and no support from the RAF or their charities. This museum is entirely self-sufficient and yet remains the country's largest museum dedicated to the Battle of Britain, an important part of Britain's (and Kent's) history. All funds raised go on far more important things, but I'm sure that the "tatty signs" will be replaced in due course. As to the "no photographs", that's perfectly understandable. Perhaps postcards of some of the exhibits could be produced? No-one would miss the need to take photos if there were postcards on sale, and it would produce additional revenue? Just a thought......(I didn't recall seeing any postcards of the exhibits, that's all).
The collection itself is astonishing, from complete aircraft, to fragments of wreckage, uniforms that are well looked after and the attention to detail is unbelievable. The museum is run by dedicated volunteers and I recommend a visit. What they don't know about The Battle of Britain clearly isn't worth knowing!
It is very much a hidden gem as far as I'm concerned. I've lived in Folkestone for over 40 years and only visited this year, and urge anyone else in the Folkestone area - and further afield - to visit as well, for a fascinating insight into an important part of British history.
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