Thursday, 28 June 2012

Needlemakers visit to Bletchley Park, June 27 2012

You may ask what Bletchley Park has to do with making needles.  The answer is - nothing - but as it is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing I indulged my own interests and happily there were about three dozen Needlemakers who felt the same.

We had an excellent guide and, even though I have been there before, I learned so much more.  If you have never been it is well worth joining one of their guided tours.  The insights into the people who worked there are as interesting as the technical information and the guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

It is so important that this site is preserved for future generations (and was so nearly lost) and one can only be impressed by the work of the Trust and especially those volunteers who have restored and rebuilt the equipment.  It was also announced yesterday that Bletchley Park has successfully raised the matched funding needed to release their Heritage Lottery Grant

I will definitely be going back – too much to take in at one go and as the restoration moves forward there will always be something new to see.

If you want to learn further visit the website, Bletchley Park.  There is also a special exhibition at the Science Museum, “Codebreaker Alan Turing’s life and legacy”.  Would I be sitting at my computer today without the ground-breaking work that he did?

No comments:

Post a Comment