UK - RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Work is being carried out to repair the roof of the Air Forces Memorial. It will involve closing the roof terrace and erecting scaffolding over the area known as the shrine, so that repairs to stonework and supports can take place. The roof’s asphalt waterproof lining will also be replaced. The work is expected to take at least eight weeks to complete.
- United Kingdom
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This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.
The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day, as follows:
1 November - 31 March:
Weekdays: 09.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
1 April - 31 October:
Weekdays: 09.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Disabled badge holders may use the on site parking area in front of the memorial. All other visitors requiring parking are asked to make use of the public car park some 200 yards from the memorial on Coopers Hill Lane.
The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.
The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953.