A LIVING history festival is set to take place at the Royal Air Force museum this weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A series of displays, activities and concerts will be held at the Grahame Park Way site on Saturday and Sunday as a tribute to what organisers have called a “momentous period in the capital's history”.

There is also due to be a flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain memorial flight at about 3pm on Sunday.

Visitors will be invited to watch and interact with costumed actors who will bring to life the story of the 1940 air conflict from the viewpoint of “The Few” who took part.

The event will also feature music inspired by the battle, free tours of the Battle of Britain Hall and film showings.

On the hour, every hour the museum will put on their sound and light show entitled Our Finest Hour, which explains the contribution that the RAF made to the defence of the London during the campaign and the Blitz.

Children will be able to make their own Airfix model of a Spitfire, have their face painted in camouflage and see farm animals at the museum as part of the Land Girls experience.

There will also be a fancy dress competition on Sunday for children who come in 1940s costume. Judging will be held at 4pm on the museum's helipad with the winner picking up £100 worth of prizes from the gift shop.

A display of artefacts from the 1969 film The Battle of Britain, including never before seen private photography of the cast and crew, will be open to the public, whilst the film itself will be shown on the Sunday at 3pm in the Museum’s cinema.

On the Saturday, the Museum will be showing the 2001 English / Czech production Dark Blue World, which tells the story of Czech Pilots who fought in the Battle for the allies.

Both days will run from 10am until 5pm. Entry is free to the event and to the rest of the museum.