The Role of Women at Bletchley Park

At the height of the Second World War, there were 8,000 people working at Bletchley Park, three-quarters of whom were women, in roles that ranged from working in the canteen to breaking the German Enigma ciphers.

But these women broke more than just codes. They broke through barriers that prevented women being treated as equals in the workplace.

Bletchley Park’s unique ethos ruled that whoever was best for the job was put in charge regardless of their rank or sex, and a young woman in her 20’s could find herself in charge of a team playing a key role in the war. Michael Smith, Bletchley Park Visiting Fellow and author of a number of bestselling books on Bletchley Park will talk us through the amazing work carried out by the women who worked there.

This talk will take place at Bletchley Park.

Please note that booking is required for this talk. A tour of Bletchley Park has been arranged to take place prior to the talk (further details here), please note that booking is required for this talk even if you do not wish to attend the tour of Bletchley Park.

The talk is free to Kellogg members. A charge of £14.00 applies to non-Kellogg members, including guests.

Kellogg College has arranged a coach to Bletchley Park, if you wish to book a place on the coach please visit this page. You are welcome to travel to Bletchley Park via other means, please meet at the entrance and you will be admitted to the talk.