Our Vision

The Kenley Revival Project aims to preserve and protect the heritage of the most intact fighter airfield from World War II.

Kenley airfield played a unique and important role in Britain’s history. As the UK’s most complete surviving Battle of Britain fighter airfield, it gives us a direct and tangible link to our aviation past. As an active airfield today, it builds on that heritage, whilst the surrounding environs provide us with a site of nature conservation and a protected public open space.

The aim of the Kenley Revival Project is to enable people to connect with, and take ownership of, a vital part of British history.  As the nation commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2015, it was our intention to revive and protect the spirit of Kenley Airfield at war. There were inspirational events such as Sky Heroes Day, as well as a range of initiatives including community archaeology and learning festivals, which created opportunities to learn about and engage with a period when the country’s future hung in the balance.

Our vision is that Kenley will also become a nationally significant heritage resource. Through our online archive, we will provide a central repository for all the pictures and documents of that time; for those who wish to share their memories and those who wish to find out more.

The Kenley Revival Project had eight distinct themes with which local community groups, schools, experts and volunteers could engage:

  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Digitisation & Archiving
  • Oral History
  • Website
  • Interpretation
  • Events & Tours
  • Archaeology

Now that the Heritage Lottery funded period of the Project is over, a small core of volunteers will be continuing to provide workshops for local schools, small events and airfield tours. We will also continue to work on the website and would love to hear your stories of the airfield.

Our email address is: kenleyrevival@cityoflondon.gov.uk




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