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In all the excitement of #VEDay75, we totally forgot to share Saturday's #TheBletchleyParkChallenge 🤪So here is Challeng...
12/05/2020

In all the excitement of #VEDay75, we totally forgot to share Saturday's #TheBletchleyParkChallenge 🤪

So here is Challenge 16.

Take a look at an aerial view of Bletchley Park⬇️

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.9968965,-0.7428188,345m/data=!3m1!1e3

The boundaries of Bletchley Park have changed over time.

Can you find the current boundaries and see any evidence of where the boundaries used to be?

Now, choose a building and zoom in. Measure the length and width (Right-click on the map and pick 'measure distance')

You may need more measurements if you picked a building that’s not a rectangle!

✨BONUS✨

Draw a scale diagram of your chosen building. This could be 2D or 3D.

Perhaps you could then build a scale model of your hut or block using things at home – empty cereal or shoeboxes that haven’t been recycled yet. Share your creations!

We hope you enjoyed your stay home #VEDay75 celebrations on Friday! 🇬🇧Don't forget to share your videos with us as we'll...
11/05/2020
Bletchley Park needs YOU! Share videos of your #VEDay75 Celebrations

We hope you enjoyed your stay home #VEDay75 celebrations on Friday! 🇬🇧

Don't forget to share your videos with us as we'll be putting together our special film this week.

Details of how to send your videos to us can be found below - you have until the end of today (Monday 11 May) to send them! ⬇️

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/bletchley-park-needs-you-share-videos-of-your-veday75-celebrations

How to get involved with Bletchley Park's VE Day 75 video appeal

Get swinging and singing along this afternoon to the wartime classics on the Bletchley Park #VEDay75 Spotify playlist! ⬇...
08/05/2020

Get swinging and singing along this afternoon to the wartime classics on the Bletchley Park #VEDay75 Spotify playlist! ⬇️

http://ow.ly/98BM50zAtYY

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

"To those who gave so much, we thank you." 🥂Join us in the Nation's Toast at 3pm to watch a special video of 'Winston Ch...
08/05/2020

"To those who gave so much, we thank you." 🥂

Join us in the Nation's Toast at 3pm to watch a special video of 'Winston Churchill' reading extracts from his victory speeches.

Watch the premiere on YouTube ⬇️

#VEDay75 #BletchleyParkVEDay75

http://ow.ly/4rFO50zAv1Z

08/05/2020
VE Day 75 | The Bluebird Belles sing 'The White Cliffs of Dover' for Bletchley Park

Our #VEDay75 entertainment is now LIVE On our YouTube channel 🥳

Learn to swing dance, Lambeth walk or singalong to some wartime classics like 'The White Cliffs of Dover', exclusively recorded for Bletchley Park by The Bluebird Belles - 1940s & Vintage Trio ⬇️

Watch the playlist at your own leisure throughout the day. Don't forget to join us at 3pm for the Nation's Toast! 🥂

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWoHN3jjKZY&list=PLlMw4gquXIGtQ_UBlC8M_n-tkL0mwrJ2Q&index=5

Enjoy this very special recording of The Bluebird Belles with 'The White Cliffs of Dover' for VE Day 75. This video was for Bletchley Park's virtual VE Day c...

08/05/2020
VE Day 75: Imitation Game actor Matthew Goode reads a special message

On VE Day 1945 a memo was sent out from the Director General at Bletchley Park thanking the Codebreakers and staff whose fundamental work during the war should never be forgotten.

We asked actor Matthew Goode, star of The Imitation Game, if he would read the memo as a message of thanks to the Bletchley Park Veterans and the resilience of our country through the most difficult of times. He kindly obliged.

There was also a letter from John Herival to his team of Codebreakers acknowledging their work with remarkable foresight.

Join in with our virtual VE Day 75 Celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlMw4gquXIGtQ_UBlC8M_n-tkL0mwrJ2Q

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #VEDay75

08/05/2020
Bletchley Park

Tune in to hear a special VE Day message from The Imitation Game's Matthew Goode.

"This is your finest hour."

On VE Day 1945, a memo was sent out from the Stewart Graham Menzies, MI6 chief and Director-General of the Government Code and Cypher School, thanking the Codebreakers and staff whose fundamental work during the war should never be forgotten.

We asked actor Matthew Goode, who played Hugh Alexander in The Imitation Game, if he would read the memo as a message of thanks to the Bletchley Park Veterans and the resilience of our country through the most difficult of times. He kindly obliged.

There was also a letter from John Herival to his team of Codebreakers acknowledging their work with remarkable foresight. Herivel was one of the talented mathematicians recruited early in the war and stayed at Bletchley Park from January 1940 until October 1945. Though reminding the staff at Bletchley Park of the Official Secrets Act, he acknowledges the vital work they did and, with remarkable foresight, suggests that one day in the future their story would be told.

Join in with our virtual VE Day 75 Celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlMw4gquXIGtQ_UBlC8M_n-tkL0mwrJ2Q

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #VEDay75

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧To commemorate #VEDay75, we present a very special episode using archive recordings and interviews ...
08/05/2020
Podcast 108 - Victory in Europe

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧

To commemorate #VEDay75, we present a very special episode using archive recordings and interviews with our Veterans who will share their memories, both happy and sometimes poignant, of what VE Day and beyond meant to them.

http://ow.ly/2K3b50zAtQc

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #MuseumFromHome

A celebratory VE Day episode of the Bletchley Park Podcast

Tune in at 10am for a very special #VEDay75 message from The Imitation Game's Matthew Goode 🎬Watch the video premiere on...
08/05/2020

Tune in at 10am for a very special #VEDay75 message from The Imitation Game's Matthew Goode 🎬

Watch the video premiere on YouTube ⬇️

http://ow.ly/df7x50zA8k2

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

Happy #VEDay75!We might not be travelling to London for celebrations like this group of WAAFs from Bletchley Park did 75...
08/05/2020

Happy #VEDay75!

We might not be travelling to London for celebrations like this group of WAAFs from Bletchley Park did 75 years ago, but we'll have a jolly good #MakeDoAndMend celebration at home! 🥳

How are you celebrating today?

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

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07/05/2020

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is bringing the #VEDay75 celebrations to you 🇬🇧

Tune in to our YouTube channel from 10am tomorrow for some fabulous VE Day entertainment, including a swing dance lesson and plenty of singalongs!🎶

https://www.youtube.com/BletchleyParkTrust

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #MuseumFromHome

We are really enjoying seeing photos of your #VEDay75 preparations - thank you to everyone who is using our celebration ...
07/05/2020

We are really enjoying seeing photos of your #VEDay75 preparations - thank you to everyone who is using our celebration pack 🥳

Thank you to Emma Wood for sharing this photo of her cat, Shelby, who is looking rather fabulous in her bunting bandana 🇬🇧

Tune in to our YouTube Channel from 10am tomorrow to kick start your celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/BletchleyParkTrust

Bletchley Park is bringing the #VEDay75 celebrations to you 🇬🇧Tune in to our YouTube channel from 10am tomorrow for some...
07/05/2020

Bletchley Park is bringing the #VEDay75 celebrations to you 🇬🇧

Tune in to our YouTube channel from 10am tomorrow for some fabulous VE Day entertainment, including a swing dance lesson and plenty of singalongs!🎶

https://www.youtube.com/BletchleyParkTrust

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #MuseumFromHome

Eyes to the skies tomorrow if you live near Bletchley Park✈️We are pleased to say that tomorrow's 'Salute the Hereos' Sp...
07/05/2020
ROBERT HARDMAN: How the Mail's Spitfire will dip its wings to veterans

Eyes to the skies tomorrow if you live near Bletchley Park✈️

We are pleased to say that tomorrow's 'Salute the Hereos' Spitfire flypast will be passing over Bletchley Park to mark #VEDay75 🇬🇧

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

Here is the planned route: https://mol.im/a/8294521

ROBERT HARDMAN: We will not be able to dance a conga or enjoy a street party - let alone flock to Buckingham Palace, as millions did back on May 8, 1945.

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 15⚙️ - Make a home video!Tomorrow is #VEDay75 and we want to create a commemorative video to ...
07/05/2020

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 15⚙️ - Make a home video!

Tomorrow is #VEDay75 and we want to create a commemorative video to show how the nation celebrated at home.

Watch this video on our YouTube Channel to find out more and get filming! 🎬

➡️ http://ow.ly/ht8I50zzjxO

On this day, 7 May 1945, 0241 🗓Generaloberst Alfred Jodl signed a general surrender of all German forces at the SHAEF he...
07/05/2020

On this day, 7 May 1945, 0241 🗓

Generaloberst Alfred Jodl signed a general surrender of all German forces at the SHAEF headquarters in Rheims, France.

The surrender text was intercepted on its way back to Hitler’s successor Karl Dönitz by Beaumanor intercept operator George Curd, and subsequently made its way to Hut 6 at Bletchley Park.

This handwritten document is the first page of a six-page W/T (wireless traffic) Red Form containing the terms of Germany’s surrender to the Allies. This document was donated by Henrietta ‘Netta’ Curd, George’s wife and also a Wireless Intercept Operator at Beaumanor, who did not know about the document for over 40 years.

Find out more about this amazing object our special #VEDay75 Collections Uncovered ➡️ http://ow.ly/jGhY50zx878

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

What did VE Day look like at Bletchley Park?Take a look at our latest Google Arts & Culture Exhibition which showcases s...
06/05/2020
VE Day at Bletchley Park - Google Arts & Culture

What did VE Day look like at Bletchley Park?

Take a look at our latest Google Arts & Culture Exhibition which showcases some extraordinary objects and photos from our collection ⬇️

Although VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe, for many Codebreakers at Bletchley Park, their work was not over, as the war with Japan continued until August.

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/dAKCFVOn7vXlLA

#VEDay75 #BletchleyParkVEDay75 #MuseumFromHome

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

"This is your finest hour."Tune in at 10am on Friday 8 May to hear a special #VEDay75 message from The Imitation Game ac...
06/05/2020

"This is your finest hour."

Tune in at 10am on Friday 8 May to hear a special #VEDay75 message from The Imitation Game actor, Matthew Goode.

Watch the premiere on our page or over on our YouTube Channel 🎬 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frh1tp2a2bo

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

06/05/2020

"This is your finest hour."

On VE Day 1945, a memo was sent out from the Stewart Graham Menzies, MI6 chief and Director-General of the Government Code and Cypher School, thanking the Codebreakers and staff whose fundamental work during the war should never be forgotten.

We asked actor Matthew Goode, who played Hugh Alexander in The Imitation Game, if he would read the memo as a message of thanks to the Bletchley Park Veterans and the resilience of our country through the most difficult of times. He kindly obliged.

There was also a letter from John Herival to his team of Codebreakers acknowledging their work with remarkable foresight. Herivel was one of the talented mathematicians recruited early in the war and stayed at Bletchley Park from January 1940 until October 1945. Though reminding the staff at Bletchley Park of the Official Secrets Act, he acknowledges the vital work they did and, with remarkable foresight, suggests that one day in the future their story would be told.

Join in with our virtual VE Day 75 Celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlMw4gquXIGtQ_UBlC8M_n-tkL0mwrJ2Q

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #VEDay75

ON THIS DAY 5 MAY 1921 🗓Mavis Lever (later Batey) was born.She joined Bletchley Park in March 1940 at the age of 19. She...
05/05/2020

ON THIS DAY 5 MAY 1921 🗓

Mavis Lever (later Batey) was born.

She joined Bletchley Park in March 1940 at the age of 19. She was a student of German at University College London and her linguistic abilities brought her to the attention of GC&CS. Mavis joined Dilly Knox's team in Cottage 2 along with Margaret Rock.

Dilly Knox asked her one question before setting her to work: 'Have you got a pencil?' Mavis used this pencil to break into Italian Naval Enigma in March 1941. In the months that followed, she worked with Knox and Margaret Rock to find a way into the Abwehr's encryption.

On 8 December 1941, she deciphered a message sent between Belgrade and Berlin. This allowed Knox to work out the internal mechanisms of Abwehr Enigma. Being able to read Abwehr communications provided significant intelligence in the lead up to the D-Day landings in 1944 ⚙️

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 14 ⚙️Many of the Codebreakers were civilians, and some were in the military. You can see some...
05/05/2020
Collections uncovered 17

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 14 ⚙️

Many of the Codebreakers were civilians, and some were in the military. You can see some people’s clothing in these sketches in #BPCollectionsUncovered ⬇️

http://ow.ly/GGV350zwZLe

Why not dress up as a Codebreaker for #VEDay75? 🕵🏼‍♀️

Sketches from the Archives

Will you be celebrating #VEDay75 this Friday? 🥳We feature in this great blog post by Museum Mum along with our friend at...
04/05/2020
How to celebrate VE Day 75 in lockdown | Museum Mum

Will you be celebrating #VEDay75 this Friday? 🥳

We feature in this great blog post by Museum Mum along with our friend at National Army Museum and English Heritage about how to celebrate VE Day from home ⬇️

https://museummum.com/2020/05/04/ve-day-75/

museummum May 4, 2020 How to celebrate VE Day 75 in lockdown This coming bank holiday weekend, 8 to 10 May 2020, marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. To commemorate this important anniversary the three day international festival ‘VE Day 75’ was planned. But due to the ...

02/05/2020

Have you been practicing your hairstyles for #VEDay75? 🎉

Find a how-to guide for Victory Rolls in our VE Day Celebration Pack as well as plenty of other ideas of how to mark the celebrations at home ➡️ http://ow.ly/GuHq50ztUFp

#BletchleyParkVEDay75 #MuseumFromHome #StayHome

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 12 - Build and learn to use your own Crisp Tube Enigma machine! ⚙️Instructions and printables...
02/05/2020

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 12 - Build and learn to use your own Crisp Tube Enigma machine! ⚙️

Instructions and printables can be found here ➡️ http://ow.ly/sUGr50zu2FH

Share your creations with us! 🔎 #MuseumFromHome

There is just one week to go until #VEDay75 - who's got that Friday feeling? 🥳Which of our celebratory cocktails will yo...
01/05/2020

There is just one week to go until #VEDay75 - who's got that Friday feeling? 🥳

Which of our celebratory cocktails will you be creating next week for the Nation's Toast? (Or maybe you're enjoying one tonight!) 🥂

Download your FREE celebration pack here ➡️ http://ow.ly/Uhfl50ztUaF

#BletchleyParkVEDay75

ON THIS DAY, 1 MAY 1945 🗓Alastair Denniston retired as head of the ‘civil’ side of the Government Code & Cypher School (...
01/05/2020

ON THIS DAY, 1 MAY 1945 🗓

Alastair Denniston retired as head of the ‘civil’ side of the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) at Berkeley Street in London, with a modest annual pension of £591.

On hearing the news, his close friend, American cryptographer William Friedman, wrote to him:

‘I do want you to know that there are many of us here who realise the exceptionally valuable contribution which you made toward bringing the war in Europe to a successful conclusion. This added to what you did in the last war makes a target for those who will follow you to shoot at, and it will take some very good shooting to come near it.’

Here is a photo of Denniston's office in the Bletchley Park mansion.

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧In this bumper episode, we find ourselves at the climax of World War Two, approaching Victory in Eu...
01/05/2020
Podcast 107: The German Surrenders

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧

In this bumper episode, we find ourselves at the climax of World War Two, approaching Victory in Europe. The inevitable end was finally in sight, but not before multiple surrenders were signed.

The night shift in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park on the 7 May 1945 were some of the first people to learn that the war in Europe was at an end.

With the help of archival recordings and Ultra decrypts from the time, Bletchley Park’s Research Officer, Dr Thomas Cheetham, guides us through the dramatic last days of the Nazi regime.

Listen here ⬇️

http://ow.ly/DRcO50ztPHf

#VEDay75 #BletchleyParkVEDay75

The final days of the Nazi regime

Did you guess this week's #WhatIsItWednesday?It was this sculpture of Bill Tutte!Tutte is credited with one of the 'grea...
30/04/2020

Did you guess this week's #WhatIsItWednesday?

It was this sculpture of Bill Tutte!

Tutte is credited with one of the 'greatest intellectual feats of World War 2' after he exposed complete architecture of the complex Lorenz machine.

Tutte then developed the '1+2 break in' method which was automated by the Heath Robinson then Colossus, the first large-scale digital electronic computer.

Reading Lorenz provided invaluable intelligence about the inner workings of the German armed forces.

Have a listen of this podcast episode from 2015, when we opened the Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker exhibition that this bust features in ⬇️

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/podcast-59-bill-tutte

#MuseumFromHome

We have created some free downloadable colouring sheets for VE Day 75. To download the high res version of the colouring...
30/04/2020

We have created some free downloadable colouring sheets for VE Day 75. To download the high res version of the colouring sheets for printing, head to our website: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/learn/resources/ve-day-learning-resources

Tag your creations with #BletchleyParkVEDay75 so we can see your artwork!

We have created some free downloadable colouring sheets for VE Day 75. To download the high res version of the colouring sheets for printing, head to our website: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/learn/resources/ve-day-learning-resources

Tag your creations with #BletchleyParkVEDay75 so we can see your artwork!

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 11⚙️ - Creativity & CodebreakingIt wasn’t all codebreaking! In their downtime, Bletchley Park...
30/04/2020
Collections uncovered 6

#TheBletchleyParkChallenge 11⚙️ - Creativity & Codebreaking

It wasn’t all codebreaking! In their downtime, Bletchley Park's Codebreakers had all sorts of hobbies and pastimes.

Some of them wrote and starred in plays and musicals 🎭

Find out more in Collections Uncovered ⬇️

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/collections-uncovered-6

Which books are you reading, and what movies are you watching while you’re isolated? Can you recommend any to us? 📚

Why not try writing your own short story, poem, or even a play or a musical! We’d love to see some of your performances!

The Bletchley Park Drama Group

Address

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
MK3 6EB

By Rail Fast efficient service to Bletchley Railway Station from: London Euston, Milton Keynes Central (for InterCity connections), Coventry and Birmingham New Street. Bedford Midland (except Sunday) for connections to London Thames Link, East Midlands and South Yorkshire. The Park is a short walk from Bletchley Station. By Bus There are buses and coaches from all parts of Milton Keynes and beyond, arriving at Bletchley Bus Station. On leaving the Bus Station head towards the Railway Station and take the footpath to Bletchley Park, opposite the station entrance.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

Telephone

+441908640404

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We would have been at Bletchley for the wonderful VE celebrations ,instead hubby and me spent the day in our garden 💙♥️💙
My hubby Tony cox staff member still working hard while lockdown is happening , remembering VE Day ❤️
Lunch sorted 🇬🇧👍
VE Day wishes to all at Bletchley Park. We will be celebrating from home with you!
Celebrating VE day and remembering Dad (radar control, Gibraltar WW2 ) and his three brothers (Sam, D Day invasion), Jo (Bomber Command, shot down over Hamburg 1944) and Harry ( killed Gaza Strip, Palestine 1918 aged 19).🌹
Happy VE Day Bletchley Park 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
Bletchley Park Thanks for the great activity pack and inspiring me to make bunting and dig for victory cupcakes.
We thought you folks might like to see this :) #VE75 #Staysafe https://www.facebook.com/nickrossorch/videos/843014449542814/?vh=e&d=n
Doris Barge, Bletchley Park Veteran, lives in St David's Residential Home, Rhyl. Doris will be 97 tomorrow ♥
Finished my bunting just in time for VE Day! 😅 will be displaying it with pride all weekend. Not great photos but each flag is different and I’m really pleased with it!
Getting ready for VE Day
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