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Bletchley Park Week

In March 2021, we once again celebrated our unique partnership with Bletchley Park through a programme of online events.

New Histories of the Second World War

As the storm clouds of World War Two gathered over Britain, brilliant minds worked tirelessly at Bletchley Park to break the German enigma ciphers. The secret intelligence unravelled by code-breakers was vital to the war effort and is thought to have shortened the conflict by years.

But what about those working in intelligence across the globe, on behalf of Britain and its allies, whose stories have not been heard?

This was the question at the heart of this year’s Bletchley Park Week. We heard new voices and their histories: from the incredible bravery of ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan to those working in secret for Bletchley Park across the Indian Ocean region and East Africa, as well as a looking at diversity in Britain during World War Two.

Did you miss our live online events? Watch the recordings below.

Date Event Time / watch the film
Tuesday 9 March Spy Princess: The life of Noor Inayat Khan Watch the film
Wednesday 10 March Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Careers in the Museums and Heritage Sector Watch the film
Wednesday 10 March Bletchley, Code-breaking and World War Two in Asia Watch the film
Thursday 11 March Mixing It: Diversity in World War Two Britain Watch the film
Friday 12 March The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 Watch the film

Enigma Machine Demonstration

Bletchley Park’s Outreach Learning Officer Andrew Fryer and Exhibitions Manager Erica Munro take a closer look at an Enigma machine and how it works.

0:52 – What is an Enigma machine?

1:07 – How does an Enigma machine work?

2:02 – How do the Enigma rotors work?

3:04 – How do you set up an Enigma machine?

3:14 – Enigma settings sheet

11:34 – Enigma plugboard set up

14:34 – Enigma three letter password

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

Why does Kellogg have a Bletchley Park Week?

President Professor Jonathan Michie explains

Watch the trailer

Watch the trailer from last year's Bletchley Park Week