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Bletchley Park

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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Life at Bletchley Park with Betty Webb

(38 mins )

Betty Webb was heavily involved with the work going on at Bletchley Park. While she was not part of the code-breaking team, her work was invaluable to the success of Bletchley, and Dan talks to her about her life and wartime experiences.


The Bletchley Girls – who were the women who worked at Bletchley?

(28 mins)

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?


Women at War

(59 mins)

Bletchley Park Podcast 65. By November 1917, Britain was three years into a bloody, devastating war. In this episode, we explore what kind of work women did during both wars and what they – and the men – thought of it.




Women in Cyber Security – Bletchley Park

(9 minute)

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 security


Origins of the Enigma codebreaking

(60 minute)

Sir Dermot Turing, author and nephew of the Bletchley Park cryptanalyst Alan Turing, explores the origins of the Enigma codebreaking at Bletchley Park.


WW2 Codebreakers: The Hidden Film

(5 mins)

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.



Meet the female code breakers of Bletchley Park


Deciphering enemy code during the second world war was arguably the first role for women in tech, by Suzanne Bearne for The Guardian.

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How Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code


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.

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Bletchley Park, a heritage attraction

Bletchley Park Podcast Series

The Bletchley Girls Book: War, secrecy, love and loss

The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park Book

The Bletchley Circle TV Drama Series

The Imitation Game Movie


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