Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Bletchley Park Educational Visit

15 July 2015

On Friday 3rd July, Mr Mort, Miss Lockhart, Miss Chisholm and Mrs Elliott took a group of students from Year 9 and Year 10 on an educational visit to Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.

Bletchley Park was a top-secret HQ used by Codebreakers during World War 2 and it is said that the war ended 2 years early due to the work done by the Codebreakers. During WW2 around 9,000 people worked in round-the-clock shifts at Bletchley Park and all of them, mainly women, had to sign the Official Secrets Act. The existence of the park only came to light in the 1970s and it is often referred to as ‘Britain’s Best Kept Secret’.

On arriving at the Park, the group embarked on a tour of the grounds and were informed of interesting facts about how Bletchley Park was used during WW2 to intercept and break coded messages from the Nazi Regime. They also learned about how the Enigma machine was used to do this.

Following the guided tour half the students then went on a tour of the exhibits, including the Codebreaking Huts and Blocks, whilst the other half of the group went to an interactive workshop on ‘Codes and Ciphers’. In the workshop, students learned how the Enigma machine decoded messages which could be one of 159 quintillion (that’s 158,962,555,217,826,360,000) possible outcomes! After lunch, the groups swapped over and toured the exhibits whilst the others took part in the workshop.

At the end of the afternoon, students had some time to visit the shop to buy souvenirs. Both students and teachers had a fantastic day and wished they could have stayed there longer to find out more about the Park! 

Bletchley Park Educational Visit 03-07-15

If you want to find out more information about Bletchley Park visit their website

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