Bletchley Park Week

4th-10th March 2018

At Kellogg, we’re celebrating our unique partnership with Bletchley Park through a week-long programme of special events. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us.

As the storm clouds of World War Two gathered over Britain, brilliant minds worked tirelessly at Bletchley Park to break the German Engima ciphers. The secret intelligence unravelled by codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Donald Michie was vital to the war effort and is thought to have shortened the conflict by years.

Bletchley Park became the home not only of British codebreaking, but the birthplace of modern information technology. Its extraordinary legacy still impacts on us today and resonates through the cyber security research undertaken by members of Kellogg College.

Join the conversation #codekellogg

Members of Kellogg College with the Enigma Machine during Bletchley Park Week 2017. Photo: John Cairns.


Why does Kellogg have a Bletchley Park Week?

Our President Jonathan Michie explains all on the Kellogg Blog 


Sunday 4th March

Film screening: All are welcome to join us in the College Hub for a screening of ‘The Lives of Others’ a German-language film about surveillance in East Berlin during the Cold War. Further information.

Monday 5th March

Demonstrations: Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of how the Enigma Machine works. There will be two hour-long demonstrations, booking is required for the demonstrations. Further information.

Talk: Bad Science, Better Data, Ben Goldacre, Doctor and best-selling author, will talk through putting data into action including efforts to make the NHS informatics less bad. It is the work at Bletchley Park which has informed how we use data today. Further information.

Tuesday 6th March

Presentation: Computing, Big Data and How it Informs Healthcare, Clare Bankhead and Sarah Stevens will be givng two presentations, on different aspects of vast volumes of medical data and the influcence these have on medicine today.  Further information.

Wednesday 7th March

Trip: A trip to Bletchley Park with guided tour. Further information.

Talk: The Role of Women at Bletchley Park, Michael Smith, Bletchley Park Visiting Fellow, will talk us through the amazing work carried out by the women who worked at Bletchley Park. This talk will take place at Bletchley Park. Further information.

Thursday 8th March

Talk: International Women’s Day 2018: Women in the workplace. Join us at Kellogg College on International Women’s Day as we hear from two women who will talk about gender parity in the workplace, sharing their own experiences and exploring what needs to be done to achieve equality across all industries, at all levels, and in all professions. Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town is Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and shadow Brexit minister. Betty Webb MBE was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. Further information.

Friday 9th March

Talk: Science miscommunication online, Kellogg Scholar Magdalena Goralska, will talk on the consequences of the digital age communication. Further information.


Most of the events during Bletchley Park week are free and open to all, including members of the public. Booking may be required, please see each individual event for details. A full list can be accessed here.

The Enigma Machine. Photo: John Cairns