Back in February, my snazzy ASOS midi skirt and I took a road trip to Milton Keynes to visit Bletchley Park. Having had a bit of an obsession with history since I was a little girl, I was so excited! For those of you who don’t know, Bletchley Park is the home of the British code breaking effort that took place during the Second World War. Experts based at the site intercepted, decrypted and translated codes from German Enigma machines, unveiling the position of German troops and U-boats to the Allied Forces. I highly recommend watching the film ‘The Imitation Game’ if you want a quick way to learn more.
There was so much to see at Bletchley Park; the famous mansion, the various huts which have been restored to look like they would have done in the 1940's and of course the Turing Bombe but it was particularly interesting to learn about the lives of people who worked there (especially the women) and the secrecy that surrounded them. For instance, did you know it was actually illegal under the Official Secrets Act to tell your friends and loved one that you worked at Bletchley Park? And even though this changed some 30 years later, one of the tour guides told us how most people only find out that their grandparents or great grandparents worked there after they have passed away.
I’d definitely recommend a visit if you like history or you’re looking for something a bit different to do at the weekend.