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Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The site is now a museum and heritage attraction, open daily.
The Bletchley Park Podcast brings you fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers on the significance and continued relevance of this site today.

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Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The site is now a museum and heritage attraction, open daily.
The Bletchley Park Podcast brings you fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers on the significance and continued relevance of this site today.

    E104 - Challenge HQ

    E104 - Challenge HQ

    February 2020 
     
    In contrast to its roots as a top secret organisation, the name of Bletchley Park is now recognised around the world. Sharing Bletchley Park’s stories with our audiences through education is at the heart what we now do here. Since first opening the site as a museum in 1992, educational programming has been a crucial part of the work of Bletchley Park Trust. 
     
    Our Learning team of dedicated staff and volunteers now welcomes over 35,000 visitors to the site each year and reaches even more through their growing Outreach and Digital programmes. Their workshops, tours and events have won awards at the national School Travel Awards and a prestigious Sandford Award in 2019.
     
    A recent project, Challenge HQ, has seen Bletchley Park open brand new learning spaces on site to complement the increasing work done by this busy team. This gives us a perfect opportunity for our listeners to meet the Learning team and find out more about this exciting new project.
     
    The outside of the learning spaces will be covered with a custom, full-scale design which five local young people helped to create. For the Bletchley Park Podcast, we brought them back to the Park to meet a Veteran of BP’s Japanese Section, Betty Webb.
     
    Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020
     
    #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma

    • 48 Min.
    E103 - Enigma Unlocked

    E103 - Enigma Unlocked

    January 2020 
     
    80 years ago, in January 1940, British and French troops were freezing in their dugouts awaiting a German attack which would not come for several months yet; the so-called ‘Phony war’.
     
    Bletchley Park, by contrast was a hive of activity as efforts were made to break into German codes and ciphers, including the Enigma system, before the land war began in earnest.
     
    In this ‘It Happened Here’ episode we are guided by Bletchley Park’s Research Historian Dr David Kenyon through the evolution of this infamous cipher machine, and the international efforts which led to the unlocking of its secrets in January 1940.
     
    As usual special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.
     
    Image courtesy of Vic Roberts.
     
    #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyParkEnigma80, #Enigma80

    • 1 Std. 25 Min.
    E102 - Collegiate Connections

    E102 - Collegiate Connections

    December 2019 
     
    During World War Two, 34 alumnae of St Hugh’s College Oxford ended up working at Bletchley Park and its Outstations and In March 2020 the college will be holding a symposium to celebrate them. 
     
    In this, the last of three episodes this month, our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne tells us how this has opened up a potential new source for us to discover more of our Veterans and to hopefully capture more stories before it is too late.
     
    The rest of this episode is given over to the fascinating stories of Wenda Reynolds and Nancy Sandars two of those St Hugh’s College ladies.
     
    Bletchley local, Miss Wenda Reynolds worked at GC&CS in both the Mansion and Hut 9 from 1941 till 1945.
     
    Miss Nancy Sandars served first as a motorcycle despatch rider, and then joined the WRNS as a Y-Service Wireless Operator.
     
    In memoriam, Miss Wenda Reynolds (1914-2017) and Miss Nancy Sandars (1914-2015)
     
    Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2019
     
    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2

    • 57 Min.
    E101 - Battle of the Bulge

    E101 - Battle of the Bulge

    December 2019 
     
    After nearly 6 months of fighting from the beaches of Normandy, by early December 1944 the Allies’ front line stretched for 600 miles from the North Sea coast to the borders of Switzerland. The Scheldt estuary had finally been cleared, allowing the port of Antwerp to be opened and to start to ease their supply problems. 
     
    With one of the coldest winters on record taking hold and Christmas approaching many of the front line troops probably expected a respite for at least a few weeks. What they didn’t expect was for more than 400,000 German troops to come smashing through the Ardennes on a mission to recapture Antwerp and split the Allied forces in two.
     
    Why was the Battle of the Bulge such a surprise? Was it Allied complacency or German ingenuity? In this “It Happened Here” episode, using contemporary archival documents, Bletchley Park’s Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham, will try to answer those questions.
     
    Special thanks to Mr Ben Thomson for playing the role of our Intelligence Officer.
     
    In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM  (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer
     
    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #Bulge75

    • 1 Std. 3 Min.
    E100 – Légion d’honneur

    E100 – Légion d’honneur

    December 2019 
     
    At the end of each year we like to focus on the important work that our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne and his team of staff and volunteers carry out. The interviews they record not only help to build a better picture of the vital work carried out here during World War Two but also help us develop new ways to share those stories with our visitors, such as exhibitions, family activities and online resources.
     
    In this, the first of three episodes this month, we catch up with Jonathan and find out about the presentation of France’s highest order of merit, the Légion d’honneur, to Bletchley Park Veterans.
     
    We also introduce the newest member of Jonathan’s team, Oral History Assistant, Will Hankey who describes his passion for his work.
     
    The rest of this episode explores the experiences of three of our Légion d’honneur recipients.
     
    Mrs Helene Aldwinckle worked in Hut 6 and Block D (6) at Bletchley Park from 1942 till 1945.
     
    RAF Flight Sergeant Gordon Rosenberg served in Special Liaison Units 8 and 9, first in Europe and then later in the Pacific. 
     
    Walter ‘Joe’ Wright served with the Royal Signals in Special Communications Units 1 and 8 from August 1944 till September 1945.
     
    Image courtesy the Aldwinckle family.
     
    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2

    • 1 Std. 11 Min.
    E99 - 100 Years of Codebreaking

    E99 - 100 Years of Codebreaking

    November 2019 
     
    In this month’s 2nd episode celebrating the anniversary of the creation of GCHQ, where better to learn more about those 100 years than in the heart of its current Headquarters.
     
    We were given special permission to record within the walls of the famous ‘Doughnut’ building in Cheltenham. Our guide to those top secret corridors is GCHQ’s new official Historian David Abrutat.
     
    With a century of codebreaking behind them, there is a rich history to dive into and it’s not just about Bletchley Park.
     
    The team at today’s Bletchley Park have marked GCHQ’s Centenary with a new display called From GC&CS to GCHQ. We find out about some of the people and stories in the exhibition from Exhibitions Manager and podcast host, Erica Munro.
     
    A very special thanks to GCHQ for allowing us to record this exclusive episode. 
     
    Image: ©Crown Copyright
     
    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ100

    • 59 Min.

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