The charitable work of The Mercury Foundation has taken place for nearly a decade and in 2018 it was granted charitable status to advance the education of the public, in particular but not exclusively in the Second World War, the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Force and related areas.

The Charity

The Mercury Foundation has supported many organisations including the RAF Benevolent Fund, The RAF Club, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, The Royal British Legion and ‘Ski Habilitation’ supporting wounded veterans and The East Grinstead Hospital McIndoe Centre.

In 2018 The Mercury Foundation held Time Flies, a gala performance to raise public awareness of the Royal Air Force centenary and educate the public in the role of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War.

The Collection

The John Collection is considered one of the finest private collections of World War Two aviation in the world, and the leading private collection of medals and memorabilia relating to the airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain (July-October 1940).

Read about The Mercury Foundation’s vision to create a unique ‘dual’ heritage experience, offering specialist visitors bespoke access to The John Collection within the elegant setting of Chandos House, the Grade I listed C18th residence.

It is most exciting to hear of the possibility that Ms Melissa John may at last find a quiet corner for this magnificent collection of WWII medals and memorabilia linked to the Battle of Britain in which my Grandfather played such a key role. London would surely benefit by granting permission for such a unique world-class display.

Piers Dowding, 3rd Baron, Bentley Priory.

Read more endorsements of the proposed museum at Chandos House.

The Mercury Foundation supports

Thin Blue Paw Foundation