Bletchley Park Week

As the storm clouds of World War Two gathered over Europe, brilliant minds worked tirelessly at Bletchley Park to break the German Enigma cyphers. The secret intelligence unravelled by code-breakers such as Alan Turing, Donald Michie, and Joan Thirsk (née Hopkins) was vital to the war effort, and is thought to have shortened the conflict by years.

At Kellogg we are once again celebrating our unique partnership with Bletchley Park with a week-long programme of special events.

Fact and Fiction: Telling the story of Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park Week 9 – 14 March 2020

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The codebreakers at Bletchley Park were instrumental in the allied victory in World War II. Their achievement in developing a method to break the codes of the German Enigma machine has become the stuff of legend. But it is, of course, very much the stuff of fact too.

The finest intellects. The seemingly insurmountable odds. The complex personalities. The race against time.

All rich ingredients for the storyteller as well as the historian.

So what is Bletchley’s truth? That’s a question at the heart of Bletchley Park Week: a series of events where you can discover more about the Government Code and Cypher School (Bletchley’s title in 1939), explore how it has been depicted through documentaries, films, and written fiction, and debate the limits that should be set when interpreting history for dramatic effect and entertainment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us!

Date Event Time
Monday 9 March Enigma Machine Demonstrations
(Free and open to the public)
11:30 – 12:30 13:30 – 14:30 17:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 10 March Enigma Machine Demonstration
(Free and open to the public)
13:30 – 14:30
Representing the past in film
An illustrated talk with Oscar winning writer and director, and Kellogg Artist in Residence Kenneth Lonergan
(Free and open to the public)
17:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 11 March Bletchley Park Trip
(Kellogg members and their guests)
10:00 – 16:00
MCR Bletchley Film Night: ‘The Imitation Game”
(Kellogg members and their guests)
20:00 – 22:00
Thursday 12 March Bletchley Park: Fact and Fiction
A panel discussion exploring the depiction of Bletchley Park on screen, in literature and in documentaries.
(Free and open to the public)
17:30 – 18:30
Saturday 14 March MCR Film Night: “Sekret Enigmy
(Kellogg members and their guests)
20:00 – 22:00

The majority of our events are free and open to the public. Booking may be required. Please see booking details for all events at www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/events/

Also of interest: Magic or Reality? Using Artificial Intelligence for the Public Good
As a prelude to Bletchley Park Week we are pleased to be associated with our academic colleagues at Mansfield College as they turn the spotlight on Artificial Intelligence and its applications today, with a public talk by Professor Helen Margetts FBA OBE, Professor of Society and the Internet, former Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College. She is Currently Turing Fellow and Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute.

Book Author Pages Genre
The Last Cambridge Spy: John Cairncross, Bletchley Codebreaker and Soviet Double Agent Chris Smith 256 Biography
My Secret Life in Hut Six: One Woman’s Experiences at Bletchley Park Mair Russell-Jones 264 Biography
A Bletchley Park Wren Overseas Rosemary Brierley 280 Biography
Alan Turing: The Troubled Genius of Bletchley Park Hall Ray Spangenburg 133 Biography
Secret Postings: Bletchley Park to the Pentagon Charlotte Webb 134 Biography
The Ultra Secret: The Inside Story of Operation Ultra, Bletchley Park and Enigma F.W. Winterbotham 214 Biography
A Grand Gossip: The Bletchley Park Diary of Basil Cottle, 1943-45 Basil Cottle 178 Contemporary diary
The Last Truth: Bletchley Park (Legacy of Lies #2) Leann Harris 385 Fiction
In Farleigh Field Rhys Bowen 397 Fiction
The Code Girls Daisy Styles 458 Fiction
Enigma Robert Harris 464 Fiction
The Amber Shadows Lucy Ribchester 464 Fiction
The Geese That Won the War Marilyn Ludwig 304 Fiction
Brighter Days Ahead Mary Wood 432 Fiction
Assignment Bletchley: A WWII Novel of Navy Intelligence, Spies and Intrigue (Commander Romella, USN, WWII Assignments series Book 1) Peter J. Azzole 188 Fiction
Dear Codebreaker Kerry Howard 198 Letters between a code breaker and her brother
Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park Michael Smith 224 Non-fiction
Dilly: The Man Who Broke Enigma Mavis Batey 244 Non-fiction
Churchill and Tito: SOE, Bletchley Park and Supporting the Yugoslav Communists in World War II Christopher Catherwood 256 Non-fiction
Gordon Welchman: Bletchley Park’s Architect of Ultra Intelligence Joel Greenberg 288 Non-fiction
Bletchley Park and D-Day: From Codebreaking to Intelligence – The Untold Story of How the Battle for Normandy Was Won David Kenyon 320 Non-fiction
Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park F.H. Hinsley 352 Non-fiction
Saving Bletchley Park: How #socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers Sue Black 368 Non-fiction
The Emperor’s Codes: The Breaking of Japan’s Secret Ciphers Michael Smith 368 Non-fiction
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There Sinclair McKay 372 Non-fiction
Alan Turing: The Enigma Andrew Hodges 768 Non-fiction
Bletchley Park People: Churchill’s Geese That Never Cackled Marion Hill 144 Non-fiction based on testimonies and archives
The Bletchley Girls Tessa Dunlop 352 Non-fiction, biographies
The Lost World of Bletchley Park: The Official Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre Sinclair McKay 192 Non-fiction
The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories Michael Smith 304 Non-fiction, stories from women who worked at BP.
The Girl from Bletchley Park Matthew Broadbent 252 Novel
A Wren’s Tale – the Secret Link to Bletchley Park: Memoirs of a Radio Mechanic at Scarborough Listening Station in the Second World War Muriel Davison 56
Another Together (The Next Together, #1.5) Lauren James 59
House of Secrets: A Bletchley Park Novella W. Len 108
Children of Bletchley Park: With the Code Breakers Neville J. Anderson-Budd 116

Bletchley Park Week Puzzle Competition

Answer our weekly puzzles and enter the PRIZE DRAW!

Why does Kellogg have a Bletchley Park Week?

President Professor Jonathan Michie explains