A couple of months ago I went to Bletchley Park. It was one of the most incredible places I have ever been.
I had no idea what this place was, or that it even existed until I watched the film “The Imitation Game”. I feel extremely guilty that I didn’t know what these incredible people had done for our country until Hollywood made it into a film. Why don’t they teach this in school? If you haven’t seen “The Imitation Game” I highly suggest you watch it to learn more about Bletchley and the incredible people who worked their.
For those of you who don’t know, Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking. It was in the countryside just outside of London. Bletchley played a major role in World War Two, and the people who lived and worked at Bletchley had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war.
One of the main codebreakers, the one who is depicted in “The Imitation Game” was Alan Turing. Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code, and with this, it has been estimated that the efforts of Turing, and his fellow code-breakers at Bletchley Park (Hut 8) shortened the war by several years. Turing has been known as the father of computer science, whose work was key to braking the wartime enigma codes. It’s an incredible story, and one that is extremely heartbreaking when it comes to Alan Turing.
Alan Turing was treated horrifically. He was arrested for homosexuality (When it was illegal in Britain the the 1950’s), gross indecency in 1952 and was given a choice; prison or probation. The latter, under the agreement that he undergo chemical castration to reduce his “libido”. He committed suicide in 1954 by cyanide poisoning.
If you are in London, Bletchley is a short train journey away via Euston station. I highly recommend a visit. I think it is of the upmost importance to learn all about these incredible people who helped shorten the war through their intelligence. Once you’ve been to Bletchley once, you can have your ticket stamped, and then you can return to Bletchley as many times as you would like for free for a year. You cannot possibly see everything their in one visit, so I would recommend going back a few times 🙂
“This public memorial for the veterans of Bletchley Park and its outstations was dedicated by her Majesty The Queen on July the Fifteenth 2011”
This is the main house at Bletchley Park- it is used in the film “The Imitation Game”- and overlooks the beautiful lake, where people tried to relax during the war.
The Lake, with the main house in the background.
The English government apologising for the treatment of Alan Turing.
Have you been to Bletchley?
Let me know if you’ve been, or are planning to go!
Love B x