The Bentley Priory Museum, located in the former headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain of 1940, was formally opened by TRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust, and The Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony on the afternoon of 12th September 2013.
Altas AV worked with the designers and the client to create a unique Audio Visual Experience that offers visitors an intuitive insight into the building’s heritage and its wartime operations using cleverly integrated leading edge technology.
The restoration incorporates bespoke interactive touch screen kiosks built into the grand interior and retrofitted learning resources including rotator dial telephones, handsets and monitors. The newly recreated ‘Filter Room’, an exact replica of the wartime operations room, is brought to the present day with carefully positioned audio visual technology optimising the visitors’ experience.
The Dowding Room
The beautifully produced show highlights the trials, tribulations and triumphs of 1st Baron Dowding and his reign as the commander of RAF Fighter Command. The pre-show title brief is projected onto a semi transparent gauze that opens out to a multi projection film. The full, high resolution image wraps itself around the inner walls and ceiling in Dowding’s original office to produce a one-off visual show experience.
The nostalgic presence of Dowding is brilliantly enhanced by show control technology allowing original features of the office to ‘come alive’ with scene control of the house lights and an automatic door. Shadows and reflections created using projection masking techniques together with footstep effects transmitted from wireless surround sound speakers, hauntingly animates the vital work of the secret Dowding System during the Battle of Britain.
With the gauze still featuring subtle visuals including maps and subtitles, the show becomes fully immersive with three dimensional textures.