Welcome to Bletchley Park Research a growing resource for researchers, writers, and readers to learn about the wartime codebreaking activities at Bletchley Park, and related military intelligence subjects of World War 2.
My name is Kerry Howard, and I am an independent researcher and writer with a consuming interest in the history of Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
I have been collecting images, documents, and interviews for over fifteen years to fuel my need to learn more about this fascinating subject. Bletchley Park Research is my place to share some of my finds.
I first discovered Bletchley Park through the historical fiction book ‘Enigma’ by Robert Harris. You can read my blog post about How I discovered Bletchley Park here.
In 2007 my friend and research buddy, John Gallehawk steered us into producing, Figuring It Out at Bletchley Park 1939-1945, which is a valuable resource taken from official statistical records about Bletchley Park between March 1942 and August 1945. It is a book of numerical data that charts the patterns of growth as the codebreaking operation intensified, then changed through reorganisation and, ultimately, declined in numbers at the end of hostilities. Figuring it Out at Bletchley Park is out of print as John, and I add more material to an extended edition.
My book Dear Codebreaker – The letters of Margaret Rock (Bletchley Park Codebreaker) and John Rock (Parachute & Glider Forces Pioneer) is a book of letters written by two people involved in significant areas of the Second World War. I fell in love with their story and wanted to recreate an authentic unfolding of their lives using their written word. I am redeveloping the book to include more biographical material about Margaret as part of a three-part Women Codebreakers series.
You can find out more at www.dearcodebreaker.com and watch a video introducing my discovery of Margaret’s personal papers in my post, Finding Margaret Rock video.
You can sign up to the Bletchley Park Research newsletter here to download a copy of one of Margaret’s letters, and letters written by another of the women codebreakers of Bletchley Park, Joan Clarke.
Have a good look around my website. I’ve listed a few useful links below:
- My Blog – my place to share research and news about Bletchley Park
- Videos – some of the interviews I have recorded
- Podcast – audio interviews I have done for my Retro Researcher podcast, and as a roving reporter for the Bletchley Park Podcast.
- Book Reviews – a growing collection of book reviews.
I’d love to hear about your interest in Bletchley Park, and how you found this website. If you feel inclined to share, you can contact me here.
#Important Note: This website is not part of the Bletchley Park Trust. I support the work of the Trust, but I am not an employee. If you have an official query or wish to arrange your visit to the Bletchley Park museum, you can find the official website at www.bletchleypark.org.uk.