FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
This was a day out at the country’s most hush-hush WW2 code-breaking station, . - . . - - . - . . - Bletchley Park in north Buckinghamshire.
At its height of activity, ‘BP’ had 12,000 people working here, over 75% of whom were women. Receiving, cracking and interpreting intercepted material from Nazi Germany, across all fronts of the conflict including the Far East and Japan.
This is a remarkable place with an extraordinary story, one that was almost bulldozed to the ground in 1990 and saved to flourish with a outstanding army of volunteers. - In 1990 the site was at risk of being sold for housing development. However, Milton Keynes Council made it into a conservation area. Bletchley Park Trust was set up in 1991
Visitors now have access to all areas, you can mooch around the buildings and the rooms were ciphers were deciphered; amazing feats of code breaking were commonplace and where the computer was invented. Everywhere there is this sense that everyone working there, then, has just upped and left, leaving their desks, and their caps, jackets, coats and gas masks, as if it was only yesterday.
So much to see, absorb and understand. Bletchley Park is on my ‘can’t-wait-to-go’ again list. This place is a treasured and thoughtfully curated story of ingenuity, huge brainpower and tenacity.
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