In Kent, there was a small church on the edge of the famous Biggin Hill Airfield that stood so it could commemorate the brave people who fought in the Battle of Britain, but, unfortunately, never returned. Just as of late, the church has closed, with services transitioning to being held at St. George’s instead. The reason for the closure?
It is instead going to be replaced with a museum that will celebrate the history of the chapel. Certainly, it would be safe to say that those who know the chapel well are opposed to the idea, largely because of the new design that resulted from it, which is pictured above. One would be able to conclude this because of a petition regarding the design that resulted and included over fourteen thousand signatures.
The Bromley council, which worked with the trust behind the Briggin Hill museum committees, claims that their design is sensitive to the sort of topics that would be handled there. On the other hand, those opposed to it believe that its appearance too closely resembles the look of a prison or even a concentration camp, likening the act of replacing the church with this new design to vandalism. Regardless of the outcome for the museum, at least all involved want the best for the church.
There is not an exceptionally large precedent for churches being turned into museums, but I do not personally believe that it will be the absurd disaster that many locals seem to believe that it inevitably will become. I do also tend to doubt that anyone involved in a transition that involves a sacred location and a harrowing event would be interesting in creating something that would be perceived as entirely tasteless or tone deaf by the masses.