The Wing is the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new building at the Capel-le-Ferne site of the National Memorial to the Few.
Open to the public since Saturday 28 March, 2015, this eye-catching building was designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn in the shape of a Spitfire wing, complete with its famous uplift. It has been built by Kent-based Epps Construction.
The Wing is not a museum but houses The Scramble Experience, a hands-on attraction that uses audio-visual effects, a video wall and other special techniques to show something of what it was like for the Few in the summer and early autumn of 1940.
As well as the visitor experience, the Wing includes a classroom area to help fulfill the Trust’s aim to educate youngsters, in particular, about the heroism and sacrifice made those who took to the skies above the White Cliffs of Dover in the Battle of Britain. It will be called the Geoffrey Page Centre in honour of the man who inspired the building of the Memorial.
A central ‘cockpit’ area with an open balcony offers superb views across the Channel to France, from where the Luftwaffe would have appeared in 1940. A special piece of technology will allow visitors to look through binoculars at the view as it is today and then ‘see’ incoming German aircraft approaching.
Although there will be a small charge to visit The Scramble Experience, the Trust has stressed that access to the rest of the Memorial site, including the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, will remain free at all times.