Bletchley Park: Top-Secret Operation
Before leaving the UK we wanted to meet up with my uncle one more time. He suggested that we go to Bletchley Park which was a great idea. Bletchley Park is located near Milton Keynes so we had to get a train from London Euston to Bletchley.
You may have heard of Bletchley Park before if you've seen the film the Imitation Game or the film Enigma.
During World War II Bletchley Park was where the code breakers worked day and night trying to break the coded messages that the Nazi's were transmitting.
They managed to break the Enigma code which was the type of encryption used by the Axis Powers during the war.
The secrets that they gained from breaking the code are said to have helped the Allied Powers win the war and shortened the war by two years. I'm not sure how they arrived at this conclusion though.
Now Bletchley Park is a museum telling the story of the codebreakers and showing the technology and methods they used in order to break the codes.
The grounds themselves are very nice but from the sounds of it the workers didn't like being stuck there during WWII. They even had to hide their work from their families because it was all top secret.
As far as the codebreakers families knew they all worked at a hospital.
We were given tablets with audio guides and videos to enhance our tour of Bletchley Park. Everything was pretty brand new looking.
Bletchley Park was the site of an old manor house which we were able to go inside as well.
The rooms were done up to look as they would have during WWII when all the codebreaking was happening.
In the cafe they even had some vegan sandwiches which we were pretty happy about. Veganism is a lot more mainstream than it used to be. We didn't expect to find these.
We haven't seen any of the films yet but we will soon when it is all fresh in our minds.
They used to use motor bikes to deliver messages back and forth as fast as possible.
Inside the code breaker huts there we videos and displays showing how things were done.
Early computer technology was invented for the purpose of breaking the enigma code faster.
We watched a demonstration of the Bombe machine that helped break the enigma code. Don't ask me to explain how it works as it is quite complex.
The inner workings of the Bombe are fascinating. This is a recreation of the ones used during WWII as the originals were destroyed since all this code breaking was and still is classified information.
This is a statue of Alan Turing who was a very important Computer Scientist who worked at Bletchley Park. His work is important to the development of modern computers.
There was a museum explaining how the code breaking affected the war and gave an timeline of all the important events.
We had a great time looking around Bletchley Park and seeing my uncle. It was a great idea for a day trip and it was only 40 minutes out of London. We had lots of time to make it back to London for dinner and to see the play Wicked.
Would you like to explore Bletchley Park?