Bletchley Park

Image credit: George Pearman

Bletchley Park

Uncle Richard and I spent the day at Bletchley Park, which is the location where Alan Turing worked on deciphering the enigma machine. We saw exhibits on both the code breakers of World War I and II, and of The Imitation Game.

The first stop was the Bletchley Park Mansion, which housed some props from The Imitation Game:

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When we went outside it had changed from sunny to rainy, so we killed some time under cover listening to the audio tour. I also took a selfie with a nearby grumpy statue:

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Behind the mansion we found the middle (dead center) of Milton Keynes:

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In one of the huts we saw some real Typex machines (British machines that were adapted to work like the enigma machine):

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In the museum part of Bletchley Park we saw a restored and visibly working Bombe machine that was decoding a (German) message:

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I also saw a statue of Alan Turing and a motorcycle used in the war to transport urgent messages:

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After visiting Bletchley Park, Uncle Richard and I went to pickup Angharad from her work in Staines and then to see Bronwen in an ice skating competition. We arrived and saw Bronwen’s team win an event. Their theme was The Dam Busters.

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Angharad, Uncle Richard, and I went to The King’s Head for dinner where we all got steak with peppercorn sauce (and it came with a fried tomato!). We drank Marston’s Pedigree.

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