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During WW2 the German armed forces top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital information towards their war effort.
The world's first programmable computer and other technologies we take for granted today were initiated at Bletchley Park.
Heritage site, Science centre, Museum, Historic house or home
1st March- 31st October 9.30am- 5.00pm
1st November- 28th February 9.30am- 4.00pm
CONCESSIONS (OVER 60'S AND STUDENTS WITH VALID ID.): @ £13.00
CHILDREN 12 TO 16: @ £9.00
CHILDREN UNDER 12 (WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONLY): FREE (GROUPS OF CHILDREN WITH CLUBS, SUCH AS CUB SCOUTS, SHOULD CONTACT US IN ADVANCE.)
FAMILY TICKET: - (TWO ADULTS + TWO CHILDREN AGED 12 TO 16) @ £34.00
A number of collections are on display including:
Airborne Command: The US Army Airborne Historical Display Group;
Bletchley Park Fire Museum and Fire Engines;
Bletchley Park Garage;
Bletchley Park Post Office;
Bombe Rebuild Project;
Buckinghamshire Aircraft Recovery Group (BARG);
Colossus Rebuild Project;
Communications Electronic Museum Trust;
Computer Conservation Society (including History of Computing Exhibition);
Diplomatic Wireless Service;
GB2BP Amateur Radio;
Holley-Cornelius Toy and Memorabilia Collection;
Leighton Buzzard Model Boat Club;
Mills Collection of WWII Uniforms and Memorabilia;
MK Model Railway Society;
Motor Transport Section (Military Vehicles);
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Living History Group;
Projected Picture Trust;
65ste Nachrichten Abteilung (German Signals Battalion);
US Re-enactment Group 1941-45
Aviation, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Espionage, spies & spying
- Codes and codebreaking
- Computer history
- Alan Turing
- Dilly Knox
Heritage Open Days 2014: Bletchley Park Community Days
- 11 — 14 September 2014
Bletchley Park will be getting into the spirit of Heritage Open Days by offering free entry to Milton Keynes residents and celebrating the history which makes local communities and neighbourhoods special. To qualify for free entry please provide a utility bill or proof of address showing a MK postcode.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.
Bletchley Park Presents: Guy Burt & Sarah Harding
- 21 September 2014 2-4pm
As part of the prestigious Bletchley Park Presents lecture series Guy Burt, writer and creator of the hit ITV drama "The Bletchley Circle", will tell the story behind this ripping yarn; how he created the strong female characters and why he based their lasting bond at Bletchley Park during World War Two.
Sarah Harding, Director of the second two-part story in series two of "The Bletchley Circle", will discuss her highly personal connection to the Bletchley Park story. Her mother, Dorothy Harding, nee Thompson, was a Wireless Operator / Morse slip reader at Bletchley Park 1943-1945.
£20.00 per person.
Bletchley Park Presents: Gary Ayton
- 19 October 2014 2-4pm
Gary Ayton is a Curator at the Crime Museum. This in itself may not sound much. That is unless you know that the Crime Museum was once called the Black Museum.
This is the notorious museum of The Metropolitan Police, a museum felt to be too disturbing to allow anyone but police officers in. The Mirror, allowed a very rare visit, described the museum:
‘From the pots serial killer Dennis Nilsen boiled the flesh of his victims in, to the gallstone of one of acid bath murderer John Haigh’s dissolved corpses, there is enough horror on show to send a shudder down the strongest of spines.’
Gary Ayton has not only access to the history of The Metropolitan Police but also 30 years’ experience in the investigation of major crime and homicide. He is a qualified trainer at the world-renowned Crime Academy where he has taught all levels of investigator. He has travelled to the Middle East to deliver training on behalf of the government of the United Arab Emirates. He has worked in Thailand identifying victims of the 2003 Tsunami and was engaged in victim identification in the July 7 London bombings. He is widely read in military history, in particular the First and Second World Wars.
- Not suitable for children
£20.00 per person. Includes admission to all of Bletchley Park's galleries and exhibitions.
Bletchley Park Presents: Ben Macintyre
- 16 November 2014 2-4pm
Best-selling author, journalist and TV presenter Ben Macintyre will talk on his new book ‘A Spy Among Friends, Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal’.
The true, untold story of Kim Philby, history’s most famous traitor, With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.
Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.
£20.00 per person. Includes admission to Bletchley Park's galleries and exhibitions.