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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.

    E113 - A Historian for the Future

    E113 - A Historian for the Future

    October 2020 

     

    For over 8 years the podcast has been privileged to receive help and support from the modern day version of the wartime Government Code and Cypher School, GCHQ, both as an organisation and from their Departmental Historian. 

     

    Previous listeners will know that GCHQ has a new Historian and in Podcast Episode 98, we had the honour of being able to exclusively reveal his identity when we met him at the GCHQ Centenary celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum in November 2019. 

     

    We promised then that we’d catch up with him again, and this month we’re doing just that. Podcast producer Mark Cotton sat down with Dr David Abrutat, the recently avowed Departmental Historian at GCHQ, to find out about his life, his service and what he has planned for his “dream job”. 

     

    Image: ©GCHQ

     

    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ,

    • 32 min
    E112 – The Best of Reunions Part 3

    E112 – The Best of Reunions Part 3

    September 2020 

     

    This is the last of three special episodes to mark what would have been our Annual Veterans Reunion. 

     

    It was due to COVID-19 restrictions and with huge regret that Bletchley Park Trust had to take the difficult decision not to hold this year’s reunion on-site. But here at the podcast we can still celebrate our Veterans with these special episodes.

     

    At a reunion we like to capture as many Veterans stories as we can, but we also always remember that it is their special day and we try not to interrupt it too much for them. Some chats may just be a quick hello and how are you and some might end up with a short interview. But for some Veterans, it might be the first time they have been asked to talk about their vital war work and we are always honoured to be on hand to save their story for future generations. 

     

    In this, the last of these special episodes, we’re bringing you nearly 80 minutes from another 12 of our amazing Veterans, including a few of those longer interviews.

     

    Featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:

     

    Doris Moss

    Mollie Brewster

    Pamela Forbes

    Betty Webb

    Elizabeth Davies

    Marigold Angela Bostock-Wilson

    Diana Tyler

    Margaret Thomas

    Bartrum Robinson

    Edna Garbutt

    Pauline Lee

    Tom Howie

     

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.

     

    Special thanks to Katherine Lynch, Sarah Langston and Kerry Howard. 

     

    Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020

     

    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,

    • 1 hr 23 min
    E111 – The Best of Reunions Part 2

    E111 – The Best of Reunions Part 2

    September 2020 

     

    As we explained in the last show, due to COVID-19 restrictions and with huge regret, Bletchley Park Trust had to take the difficult decision not to host our Annual Veterans Reunion onsite this year.

     

    To continue to mark what would have been this year’s reunion, this is the second of three special episodes we will be bringing you this month, to still pay tribute to our Veterans.

     

    Reunion is always the busiest day of the year for the podcast, catching up with old friends & rushing around trying to make sure that we can record as many Veterans as we can but it hasn’t just been our original co-host Katherine Lynch and producer Mark Cotton. We have also had help from a group of people we like to call our roving reporters. They are friends of the podcast who kindly give their time to help us allow the Veterans’, to tell their stories, in their own voices. 

     

    We want to thank everyone who has helped us at each reunion since 2012 but especially those featured in this episode, Sarah Langston, Kerry Howard, Astrid Specht, Helen Legh and of course Katherine Lynch.

     

    The Veterans featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:

     

    Flo Cole

    Cicely Anderson

    Mimi Gallilee

    Kay Wingate

    Nancy Clark

    Geoffrey Pidgeon

    Pat Davies

    Christine Brose

    Joan Smeaton

    Mary Heal

    Eric Dodd

     

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.

     

    Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020

     

    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,

    • 1 hr 11 min
    E110 – The Best of Reunions Part 1

    E110 – The Best of Reunions Part 1

    September 2020 

     

    Each year, to mark the arrival of the Codebreakers to their war station in 1939, we hold our Veterans Reunion. 

     

    This is the highlight of our calendar year, and a really special occasion for all involved. Veterans can meet up with friends old and new and share stories of their vital and once top-secret wartime work. These events have taken on even more meaning in the past few years, for the Veterans, their families, and all those who work for Bletchley Park Trust today.

     

    It is with huge regret that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bletchley Park Trust has taken the difficult decision not to host our Reunion onsite this year.

     

    To mark what would have been this year’s reunion, this is the first of three special episodes we will be bringing you this month, not just the highlights of the last 8 years that the Podcast has attended but also from the very first Reunion in 1991, the one that started the campaign to Save Bletchley Park.

     

    The Veterans featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:

     

    Joan Clarke

    Derek Taunt

    Raymond Goodman

    Rosamond Twinn

    Rosemary Davidson

    Peter Twinn

    Rolf Noskwith

    Betty Webb

    Mary Watkins

    Joyce Bigoni

    Stanley Clegg

    Eric Hume

    Jeff Hoare

    Fred Terretta

    Audrey Hodges

    Jane Fawcett

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.

     

    Special thanks to Katherine Lynch, Sarah Langston and Mr Ben Thompson.  

     

    Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020

     

    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,

    • 1 hr 1 min
    E109 - VJ Day

    E109 - VJ Day

    August 2020

     

    Nearly 3 months after VE Day, the war against Japan still continued. Its end would be drawn out over 6 weeks between the Potsdam Declaration in July and the final signing of the surrender on-board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September the 2nd. 

     

    During those weeks the world saw the use of a new weapon, the atom bomb and both Hiroshima and Nagasaki would be totally destroyed before World War Two would finally come to an end.

     

    To commemorate VJ Day we present this special It Happened Here episode. Using archive recordings, a recreation of the memoir of Eric Norris and interviews with our Veterans from both our official Oral History Project and 8 years of podcasts, we hope to take you back to those momentous weeks in 1945.

     

    10 of our Veterans will share their memories, both happy and sometimes poignant, of the beginning of the Atomic Age, the end of the war, VJ Day and looking forward to the rest of their lives. Featured in order of appearance are:

     

    Sheila Willson

    Dennis Gilley

    Dr Michael Loewe

    Lady Marion Body

    Joyce Bogoni

    Joan Smeaton

    Dennis Underwood

    Betty Webb

    Gwendoline Page

    Margaret Thomas

     

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank not just the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, but all Veterans, for their service. 

     

    Very special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.

     

    Image: Wrens in London on VJ Day. With grateful thanks to Mrs Joan Smeaton.

     

    #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #BletchleyParkVJDay75, #VJDay75

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Intelligence Insight No. 013

    Intelligence Insight No. 013

    July 2020 

     

    As COVID-19 struck we decided to start releasing these extra episodes to give you our listeners something extra each week while you were in lockdown. We are glad we could share so many previously unheard recordings that we just hadn’t been able to before and hopefully these shows have helped you through these extraordinary times, if even in a small way. 

     

    Over the next few episodes we shall start to return to our more normal podcast episodes and eventually our It Happen Here shows too.

     

    It seems only fitting that as our last Intelligence Insight we look at how Bletchley Park has managed to finally reopen to the public. It’s been a long journey, which is still not over, but who better to hear from than some of our paid and volunteer staff who have made it happen.

     

    Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020

     

    #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma,

    • 34 min

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