New World War Two exhibition as the Control Tower re-opens

Greenham Common’s Control Tower will hold a trial opening on the weekend of August 8th and 9th to allow guided tours of their new exhibition.

The tower will then officially re-open on 15th August.

Volunteers have been working hard during the lockdown to present an exhibition which charts the experience of the people of Greenham, Newbury and Thatcham during the Second World War. This will include events on the Common airbase itself as well as local incidents such as the bombing of Newbury in 1943. 

  • You don’t have to walk far along the Kennet and Avon Canal before encountering one of the many concrete pillboxes positioned along its north bank. Why are there so many and what was their purpose?
  • Once upon a time you would have seen a set of dragon’s teeth in Victoria Park. How might they have caused a problem for German tanks?
  • And why did Newbury Racecourse have 37 miles of rail track running across it? 

These and many other fascinating questions will be answered by the Control Tower’s new exhibition. It will be called Newbury Area in WW2 .

The Control Tower team were unable to launch this carefully researched exhibition on VE Day back in May.

However, visitors will be welcomed into the Control Tower from the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on 15th August.  Free guided tours (6 people max. in each group) will be offered at 40 minute intervals. No prior booking is necessary.

The team are confident that this fascinating exhibition will hold a few surprises for everyone.

Another new addition soon to be added to this historic site is a specially commissioned control desk which has been installed in the observation deck.  Visitors will not only be able to enjoy the fantastic views from the glass cupola but track local aircraft movements and get a hands-on experience of what the tower was built for.

The new terrace furniture allows visitors to enjoy the snacks and refreshments from the Tower’s outdoor café.

Tours will be available from 11.00 – 2.30 on Saturdays and Sundays. The café will be open from 10.30 – 3.00 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Please see more details by clicking on the link below:

Tower Tours – Greenham Control Tower

We are delighted to announce that from Saturday 8 th August we will be operating short, guided tours of the Tower. Including our new WW2 exhibition! We have worked hard over the past weeks reimagining how we can present our amazing building to the public during the ongoing situation.

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