So today I’m just back from a visit to Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, the former home to the GC CS (Government Code and Cipher School), and now a museum to its achievements.
Bletchley Park is a fascinating, and significant place to our history. A former large family home just north of London found itself as an essential, but unrecognised part of the war effort during the Second World War and key to defeating Nazi Germany.
Bletchley Park is beautiful but small estate in the middle of Bletchley, a remarkable break from the modern city. The Manor House is well preserved has an interesting history of how it came into the hands of Government. The original beauty of the site is still clear, from the turn of the 20th Century.
The tour of the estate was interesting, it was an enlightening experience hearing about the people who worked here during the Second World War, as they are the unsung heroes of the war. GC CS employed a large number of people, such as the legendary Alan Turing, who helped defeat Enigma!
The highlight of the experience, to me, was the demonstration of the working “Bombe Machine”, named “Phoenix”, a working example of the machine used to crack German Enigma machine. It was brilliant to see, a replica of the World’s First Computer. It was also interesting to hear the truth about this machine, as films such as “The Imitation Game” claim Turing was behind it all, but intact, although Turing was the mastermind, a significant number of other people were involved in its invention.