The story of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. Thousands of people worked there on code breaking during World War 2 but almost nothing was known about it for years after the war. Finally it was realised that this was the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology and that the story should be told.
If you have been to Bletchley before you will know there is plenty to see but you will also find that it is continuing to be developed and there are a number of new exhibitions. The original Hut 11A location now holds a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the Bombe machines in the actual location that housed the machines which broke Enigma.
You can find out how Signals Intelligence in World War One led to the founding of the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919 and thence to Bletchley. There is an interactive exhibition which draws a direct link with the data processing that happened in Block C during WW2 and the modern cyber threats, and will (hopefully!) teach visitors how to safely navigate cyberspace. And the exhibitions showing what life was like for the people working there continue to fascinate.
Also at Bletchley Park is the National Museum of Computing which houses the world’s largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world’s oldest working digital computer. The museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond. This museum is a charity independent of Bletchley Park and separate entry charges apply. We have selected a day when it is open (from noon) so that those interested in the history of computing can visit it if they wish. Entry fees are £7.50 (concessions £5).
There is a cafe, a coffee shop and a snack kiosk on site and plenty of room in the grounds to have a picnic if you prefer to bring your own food.
|Event Date||Allocation Date|
|Saturday 12th May 2018||Saturday 14th April 2018|
Email Confirmation? Yes
Wheelchair Access? Yes
Members Only? No
SEFWI News Edition: March 2018