Friday, April 24, 2009

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park started out its life in the 19th century as a farm but it is better known for its secret life during World War II as the home of the code breakers trying to crack the German enigma machine. Visiting the house and touring the grounds is worth the price of admission in itself, but there are also some very interesting exhibits and I was just in time to join a guided tour. Since the history of Bletchley Park became public in the 70’s they have been doing their best to collect stories from people who once worked there. There were a few people on the walking tour that remember life in England during World War II, so their comments added to the experience.

Someone on the tour said that a few years ago Bletchley Park was in threat of having to close. It would be such a shame. All of the volunteers really do love keeping it going.

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