Meet the amazing code-breaking women
Bletchley Park, Britain’s top code-breaking centre during World War Two, employed around 10,000 people. By 1945, 75% of them were women. Many worked as top codebreakers, selected for their academic achievements in maths, science and languages but few have had the recognition of their male peers. In this Pod, we explore the history of Bletchley Park, the impact its astonishing code breaking activities on the war and importantly, the stories of the women who worked there.
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Three quarters of those working in Britain’s ultra-secret WWII codebreaking operation were not men, but women. Tessa Dunlop, author of ‘The Bletchley Girls’, speaks to some of those Bletchley girls, now in their late 80s and 90s, about their stories. Who were they and what did they do? Why were they selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation and what impact did Bletchley have on the rest of their lives?Play
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Over 10,000 civilian and service personnel worked on covert Government codebreaking operations during WW2 at Bletchley Park. The stories of the ‘Bletchley Ladies’ have been kept secret for years but are now emerging and the government and industry hope they will inspire a future generation of women to work in securityWatch
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Discover the story behind the recently discovered only known wartime film footage of a secret site connected to Bletchley Park. A silent film, recently donated to Bletchley Park Trust, is believed to be a compilation of footage recorded between 1939 – 1945, showing members of MI6 Section VIII at Whaddon Hall, Buckinghamshire.Watch
Deciphering enemy code during the second world war was arguably the first role for women in tech, by Suzanne Bearne for The Guardian.Read Article
Until the release of the Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game in 2014, the name ‘Alan Turing’ was not very widely known. But Turing’s work during the Second World War was crucial. Who was Turing and what did he do that was so important? By The Imperial War Museum.Read Article
Bletchley Park, a heritage attraction
Explore, experience and enjoy the once top-secret world of iconic codebreaking by visiting Bletchley Park itself.Visit
Bletchley Park Podcast Series
Subscribe to the Bletchley Park Podcast series to find out more. Episode 1 here.Play
The Bletchley Girls Book: War, secrecy, love and loss
Book by Tessa Dunlop: The women of Bletchley Park tell their storyRead
The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park Book
The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park: The Secret Intelligence Station that Helped Defeat the Nazis. Written by Dermot Turing – the nephew of famous codebreaker Alan Turing.Read
The Bletchley Circle TV Drama Series
Four ordinary women with an extraordinary flair for code breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills are the focus of this murder-mystery drama.Watch
The Imitation Game Movie
The Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.Watch