On Monday 6th we were moored at Fenny Stratford lock and as the weather was terrible it was an ideal day to visit Bletchley Park. It was only a 30 minute walk to the museum near Bletchley Station. It has received significant funding from the lottery and computer industry recently which has made a real difference.All the staff of which a lot are volunteers were very knowledgeable. A most interesting 4 hours was spent understanding what the 8000 staff achieved during the war years. At the time of the DDay landings they were decoding a staggering 18000 messages a day.
|An Enigma machine that was used by the Germans to encode all the messages and which the staff at Bletchley had to crack.|
|A statue of Alan Turing made from slate who has now been recognised as a founder of computing.|
|A replica of the Colussos machine first built and operational at Bletchley in 1944. All the staff were very sad as the guiding light for building this machine had just passed away.|