Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park
The Mansion
Bletchley Park
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK3 6EB
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.bletchleypark.org.uk

E-mail

info@bletchleypark.org.uk

Telephone

01908 640404

Fax

+44 (0) 1908 274381

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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.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Science centre, Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Summer
1st March- 31st October 9.30am- 5.00pm

Winter
1st November- 28th February 9.30am- 4.00pm

Admission charges

ADULTS: £15.00
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);
Churchill Collection;
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;
Home Front;
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;
RAYNET;
65ste Nachrichten Abteilung (German Signals Battalion);
US Re-enactment Group 1941-45

Collection details

Aviation, Maritime, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Espionage, spies & spying
  • Codes and codebreaking
  • Enigma
  • Computer history
  • Alan Turing
  • Dilly Knox
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Imitation Game: The Exhibition

  • 10 November 2014 — 1 November 2015 *on now

Hosted in the Ballroom and Billiard Rooms of the Mansion, this atmospheric, major new exhibition is all about the making of the acclaimed film, The Imitation Game, in the very room where the bar scenes were filmed, taking visitors behind the scenes of the movie.

This stunning exhibition features costumes and props from the film, including a German Enigma machine, a replica of the prototype Bombe machine and many more behind-the-scenes gems.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/content/visit/whattosee/TheImitationGameTheExhibition.rhtm

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Shape of Christmas

  • 22 — 23 December 2014 2-4pm

Get into the festive spirit and learn how maths and Codebreaking can be fun. Please join us in Block B for an array of activities both festive and maths-focused. We will be having fun making 3D decorations, fractal Christmas cards, golden geese and much more. The session is for families who want to have fun but also support their child’s maths learning. The activities are informal so drop-in when you can pull yourself away from the rest of the park.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission price applies, under-12s are free. No booking required

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893294-The-Shape-Of-Christmas.html

1940s Boutique

  • 7 February 2015
  • 18 April 2015
  • 18 July 2015
  • 17 October 2015
  • 5 December 2015

Join us for a day of 1940's glamour and learn how to style your own hair and make-up to achieve that iconic 1940s look.

Hairdresser and make-up artist Sarah Dunn will show you how to recreate some iconic styles including the famous victory rolls as well as make-up to match. Each date will have a seasonal theme from the romance of Valentine's Day to the Christmas party season meaning each date will show you a new glamorous look. Refreshments and lunch as well as admission to Bletchley Park exhibitions and facilities are included.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £70 per person, includes admission to Bletchley Park exhibitions and facilities

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893212--0s-Boutique-.html

Bletchley Park Presents - Michael Smith

  • 15 March 2015 2-3pm

Top Author Michael Smith will talk about his new book The Debs of Bletchley Park. Talking about an incredible set of women and their story.

For Winston Churchill the men and women at Bletchley Park were ‘the geese that laid the golden eggs’, providing important intelligence that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War.

At the peak of Bletchley’s success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom more than eight thousand were women. These included a former ballerina who helped to crack the Enigma Code; a debutante working for the Admiralty with a direct line to Churchill; the convent girl who operated the Bombes, the top secret machines that tested Enigma settings; and the German literature student whose Codebreaking saved countless lives on D-Day. All these women were essential cogs in a very large machine, yet their stories have been kept secret.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are £25 per person (tickets include day entry to Bletchley Park) or £20 per person for season ticket holders.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893219-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Michael-Smith.html

Family Fun Wednesdays

  • 1 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 6 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 8 April 2015 10am-4pm
  • 27 May 2015 10am-4pm
  • 29 July 2015 10am-4pm
  • 5 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 12 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 19 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 26 August 2015 10am-4pm
  • 28 October 2015 10am-4pm

Once again Bletchley Park will be providing fun for the whole family with our Family Fun Wednesdays . The whole family can enjoy special activities including a range of craft and spy workshops for all ages, children's guided tours, trails, quizzes and handling collections. Have fun whilst learning about the Home of the Codebreakers!

A special Easter-themed fun day will be taking place on 6 April.

Admission

Visit once paying full admission (normal admission price applies, under-12s are free) and then use your Annual Season Ticket to Bletchley Park to return week after week during the school holidays.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893308-FAMILY-FUN-WEDNESDAYS.html

Bletchley Park Presents - Victor Madeira

  • 19 April 2015 2-3pm

Victor Madeira talks about his book Britannia and the Bear - The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929.

Britannia and the Bear tells the story of Russian espionage in Britain in these critical inter war years.

Bletchley Park will be open throughout the day for guests.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893248-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Victor-Madeira.html

Bletchley Park Presents - Jerry White

  • 17 May 2015 2-3pm

Author Jerry White will talk about his new book London’s First Air War, 1915-1918.

Jerry White gives an overview of the Zeppeline raids, and the shortcomings in London’s defences they exposed.

Bletchley Park will be open throughout the day for guests.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are £25 per person (tickets include day entry to Bletchley Park) or £20 per person for season ticket holders.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893244-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Jerry-White.html

Bletchley Park Presents - Taylor Downing

  • 21 June 2015

Taylor Downing talks about his book Secret warriors.

In his revelatory new take on the Great War, Taylor Downing explores the successes and legacies and reveals how wartime research paved the way for the twentieth century’s biggest scientific leaps.

Bletchley Park will be open throughout the day for guests.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are £25 per person (tickets include day entry to Bletchley Park) or £20 per person for season ticket holders.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893256-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Taylor-Downing.html

Bletchley Park Presents - Sinclair McKay

  • 19 July 2015 2-3pm

Top author Sinclair McKay will talk on his new book recounting the story of RAF Fighter Command, to tie in with the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain.

Sinclair McKay is a features writer for The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. He is also the acclaimed author of the bestselling 'The Secret Life of Bletchley Park'.

Bletchley Park will be open throughout the day for guests.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are £25 per person (tickets include day entry to Bletchley Park) or £20 per person for season ticket holders.

Website

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/893283-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Sinclair-McKay.html

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