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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College

A Visit to Bletchley Park

Sixteen of us arrived at Bletchley Park on Thursday 14 December.

We launched straight into an exciting workshop which involved learning the way codes were used during the war. We were given the chance to try to crack a code and even to have a go at an enigma machine, which we learnt had 159 million million million (18 noughts) different possibilities.

After the incredible workshop, we were given the chance to look around some of the park’s exhibitions, we saw Alan Turing’s study and many other incredible rooms.

After a quick bite to eat, we explored the Bletchley Park Manor and discovered the lifestyle of the many workers of Bletchley Park during WW2.

Our guided tour was next; this was one of the things we enjoyed the most. Our guide taught us many things about what went on during the war and the now discovered secrets of Bletchley Park.  We saw a carved stone dedicated to 5 polish mathematicians without whom coding in Britain would not be as it is today.

After the tour we went to an exhibit which showed how coding is still used every day and how much our codes have developed since WW2 when Bletchley Park was first established.

We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Bletchley Park as we really enjoyed learning about it.

By Mira Lakhani 8.4