The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is joining forces with a Kent charity to make sure it can deliver a first-class educational programme from The Wing in 2015.
The Trust is determined to have its educational package set up and ready to go before the opening of the high-tech visitor and education centre in July of 2015.
To avoid the costs of ‘re-inventing the wheel’ and bringing in an educational expert to make contact with local schools and set up arrangements, the Trust is working with the KM Charity Team, which has the backing of the countywide media group but operates independently.
The KM team already has strong links with local schools, thanks to its sponsorship of the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards, and has offered to share its network of contacts with the Trust to help it build its offering to local schools.
The Trust is determined to use the facilities in The Wing to help children and young adults learn more about the heroes of the Battle of Britain and how their sacrifice and bravery defended the UK from invasion by Nazi Germany in 1940.
While the audio-visual visitor experience will take up one ‘wing’ of the new building, which shares the same footprint as a Spitfire, the other half will be set aside as a dedicated teaching space.
As an initial demonstration of the new close working relationship between The Trust and the KM Charity Team, the Trust has agreed to sponsor the 2014 History Teacher of the Year category within this year’s awards. The cost of the sponsorship has been donated by a private individual and will not impact on the Wing Appeal.