Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers is now a vibrant heritage attraction and one that members and their partners paid a visit to on Friday 3rd May.
On arrival we had light refreshments before meeting our guide, Michael, for a one hour outdoor walking tour. Michael told us about the history and ownership of the original Victorian Mansion before its transformation into a very famous location from the war effort!
In 1938 the mansion and much of the site was bought by a builder planning a housing estate, but within a few months Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), bought it for £6,000, for use in the event of war.
A key advantage of Bletchley Park was its geographical location, that being relatively central in the UK, with the first personnel of the Government Code & Cypher School moving into Bletchley Park on 15 August 1939.
On the outbreak of the Second World War the main task was to break the German Enigma cyphers so that vital intelligence could be gathered. It was spectacularly successful, as history reports! Each separate operation was housed in a Hut, for example, Hut 1, the first to be built in 1939, housed the wireless station.
After our tour we saw a short video about the impact Bletchley had on the outcome of D-Day and enjoyed lunch together before exploring the mansion and the Huts at our leisure. We had such a wonderful day, learnt more than we thought we would and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to Bernard for organising.
Archive photos courtesy of www.bletchleypark.org.uk
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