Bletchley Park week: from code-breaking to cyber security

Kellogg will celebrate its strong and growing ties with Bletchley Park with a week-long programme of events from 5 to 10 June 2017. Scroll down for an overview of the week and please keep checking back for further details.

Bletchley Park was the home of wartime code-breaking, as featured in The Imitation Game, a 2014 film in which Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed the mathematician Alan Turing and his efforts to crack the German Enigma code.There will be something for everyone, including a visit by one of the Enigma machines from Bletchley; access to the ‘roll of honour’ where the database can be searched for those who worked there; a poster competition to describe relevant research, the winners of which will get to display their posters at Bletchley and explain the research to the many thousands of visitors; the first of what we intend to be an annual Kellogg coach trip to Bletchley, with guided tours; and two themed Guest Night Dinners.

Monday 5 June

17:00-17:30 tea – Outside the Mawby Room

17:30-18:45 Launch of the Kellogg College Bletchley Park Week – The Mawby Room

The week is launched with a panel of speakers giving an overview of the different types of event to come. Andrew Martin, Professor of Systems Security, will speak on cyber security; Michael Smith, award-winning journalist and author, will discuss historical aspects of the work done at Bletchley Park; and Claire O’Mahony, Associate Professor in History of Art and Design will explore the representation of Bletchley and computing in the creative arts. This event is free and open to all.

18:45-21:30 Guest Night Dinner – The Dining Hall

Our guest of honour and speaker at this Guest Night Dinner will be Mr James Thirsk, husband of the late Dr Joan Thirsk CBE, who worked at Bletchley Park during the War and was Kellogg’s first woman Honorary Fellow. College members and their guests please click for more information about the Guest Night Dinner.


Tuesday 6 June

12:00-13:00 MI5 and Bletchley Park – The Kellogg Hub Common Room

Kate Jones, Director of the University of Oxford Foreign Service Programme, will discuss the relationship between the Foreign Office and Bletchley Park during the War. This event is free and open to all.

13:30-14:00, Display of drone flying – The College gardens and online

Richard Baker and Simon Birnbach, together with Ivan Martinovic, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, will demonstrate the capabilities of drones and show how they can be used to gain an aerial view of the College. This event is free and open to all.

16:00-17:00 Working on Colossus at Bletchley Park – The Kellogg Hub Common Room
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Marigold Freeman-Attwood to talk about her experiences as a wartime employee at Bletchley Park. This event is free and open to all.

17:00-17:15 Tea – Outside the Mawby Room

17:15-18:15 The Bletchley Park Roll of Honour – Mawby Room
Jonathan Byrne, Bletchley Park’s Oral History Officer, will talk about his project to capture the stories of people who had a connection to Bletchley Park or one of its outstations during World War Two. Since November 2011 Bletchley Park have visited over 350 veterans to interview them and hear how enemy signals were intercepted, decrypted and turned into intelligence, as well as capturing fascinating glimpses of their daily lives. Their jobs highlight the broad range of roles people were fulfilling, from the upper echelons of Oxbridge academics via machines operators and clerical staff to cooks, cleaners and even delivery staff from the local bakery. This event is free and open to all.

18:15-19:15 Informal Dinner – Dining Hall
Following dinner, the MCR will offer the opportunity to take part in a murder mystery game.


Wednesday 7 June

10:30-16:30 Coach trip to Bletchley Park
College members and their guests are invited to experience the once top-secret world of codebreaking that is said to have significantly shortened World War Two. Click for further details of the trip to Bletchley Park.

18:15-19:15 Informal Dinner – Dining Hall
The MCR will provide entertainment in the form of code-breaking and puzzle activities.


Thursday 8 June

12:00-13:00 Working on Japanese codes at Bletchley Park – The Kellogg Hub Common Room
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Mary Every to talk about her experiences as a wartime employee at Bletchley Park. This event is free and open to all.

16:15-16:30 Tea – Outside the Mawby Room

16:30-17:45 MCR event – Academic research and entrepreneurship: bridging the gap

The MCR have organised this networking event, which will feature speakers such as Niki Trigoni, Professor of Computer Science and Fellow of Kellogg. Niki is part of the Sensor Networks Group and works on processes such as autonomous vehicles.

17:45-18:15 Pre-dinner drinks – The Bar
A networking opportunity following on from the MCR event.

18:15-19:15 Informal Dinner – Dining Hall
The MCR will provide entertainment in the form of a quiz night.


Friday 9 June

Computing History and Design Creativity

14:00-15:30 Design History and Computing – The Mawby Room

Paul Atkinson, Industrial Designer and Professor of Design and Design History at Sheffield Hallam University and author of Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware will speak about the history of computer design since the Bletchley Park moment. Two students from the MSt in the History of Design will present their new research on design innovation: Tony Presland looking at the challenges of curating computer software in museums, and Robinson Jardin rediscovering plans to design an aircraft carrier in ice during the Battle of the Atlantic. This event is free and open to all.

15.30-16.00 Afternoon tea and cakes – Outside the Mawby Room

16:00-16:45 Reimagining Bletchley Park – The Mawby Room

Lucy Ribchester will discuss how she created her novel, The Amber Shadows, a thriller set in Bletchley Park. This event is free and open to all.

16:45–17:15 Computers as cinema heroes, villains and lovers – The Mawby Room

An illustrated discussion facilitated by Claire O’Mahony. This event is free and open to all.

17:15-17:30 Tea – Outside the Mawby Room

The Bar will also be open from 17:15 for those who might wish to continue the discussion about design.

17:30 – 18:45 Demonstration of the Enigma Machine – The Mawby Room

Tom Briggs of Bletchley Park will demonstrate how the Enigma machine works, using an actual example. This event is free and open to all.

18:45-19:15 Pre-dinner drinks – The Bar

An opportunity to discuss the week’s events with other attendees.

19:15–22:00 Guest Night Dinner – The Dining Hall

The after-dinner speaker will be Sir Dermot Turing, nephew of the code-breaker Alan Turing. College members and their guests please click for more information about the Guest Night Dinner.