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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Bletchley Park is a 19th century mansion and estate in Milton Keynes that became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. Until fairly recently it was probably one of Britain's best kept secrets.  

It heralded the birth of the Information Age with code-breaking processes enabled by machines such as the world's first electronic computer Colossus.

The odds against success were staggering.  It was one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the 20th century, helping to shorten the Second World War by at least 2 years and saving countless lives.

For decades after, those who had been involved, remained silent.  It wasn't until 1974 when a book called  'Ultra Secret' was published and exposed the secret.  This, in time, led to further revelations. Today, following an £8 million following a Heritsge Lottery Grsnt, work is ongiong to preserve the iconic code-breaking huts.

There are guided activities both inside and outside at Bletchley so it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing.                

The overall cost does not include food and drink, but there are catering facilities on site and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Should you wish to visit the National Museum of Computing (5 minutes walk away) you can do this independently and pay ion the day; the concessionary price is £5.                                                                      A pre-booked Souviner Bletchley Park Guide Book is £4.50, but if bouoght on the day it's £6.                      Please indicate on the Booking Form if you'd like a Guide Book ordered for you in advance.

We will be travellling by coach with JAK TRAVEL.  Pick-up locations and timings are as follows:

JAK Depot Sandbeds, Keighley             07.30        (car-parking is limited so pleass consider car-sharing)

Shipley - opposite Costa Coffee            07.45

White Cross opposite Magnet Joinery   07.55

Kirklands, Menston.                               08.00


The cost of the visit, which includes a tip for the driver, is £37.  

The cost is £41.50 if you'd like a Bletchley Park Guide Book reserved for you.

Please see Shirley at our next meeting for a booking form or contact us via the website with your details and we'll get one in the post to you.