I’ve had the opportunity in the last few days to visit Bletchley Park to represent my company at the Atos Cyber Security Forum. (Main take away, have a solid and rehearsed incident response plan.)
If you don’t know (and you should!) Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II, most famously Alan Turing.
It is the place that the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers were cracked, saving countless lives, helping secure victory and ending WW2 by years…and it was all done in secret and remained secret for many years after. Many that serverd there during the war taking their secrets to the grave.
I got to see the methods used to crack the ciphers, I got to see some of the machinery developed to crack the ciphers and I got to stand in the very rooms that this work was done, including Alan Turings personal office.
We also got a tour from Bletchley’s resident historian and researcher, which was very insightful.
On top of this I had a fantastic experience at The National Museum of Computing, where I was lucky enough to get personal tour of how signals where intercepted as well a personal tour of the famous Colossus computer. The National Museum of Computing is actually separate from Bletchley Park, it is run by a team of dedicated vollenteers, if you are ever lucky enough to visit Bletchley Park make sure you pay them a visit and if you can make a donation to allow them to continue to have Colossus on display.
Bletchley Park feels special, being in the very place that such historic and important work was done is both humbling and inspiring. If you ever have the chance to make the pilgrimage (and it truly feels like a pilgrimage), then make sure you take it. I am already planning my return visit next year.