On 19-20 March 2016 Bletchley Park veterans, authors, machine experts and enthusiasts gathered at Firle Place Riding School for the ‘Celebrating Bletchley Park’ event to talk about Bletchley Park – the work, the people, and the groundbreaking machines developed to break the German Enigma code.
I thought you would like to see some of my photographs from the epic two-day event. Check out the photographs on Pinterest here: https://uk.pinterest.com/bpresearch/celebrating-bletchley-park-event or click on the photo below.
I’ve also added the photographs (with a few extras to the Pinterest album) to Google+ here: https://plus.google.com/+KerryHoward/posts/ht9bdEo1nQC.
This photograph of Sir Dermot Turing signing a copy of Prof: Alan Turing Decoded for author Michael Smith is one of my favourites.
Other speakers included Sir Dermot Turing, Elisa Segrave (the event host), Dr. Joel Greenberg, Sinclair McKay, and Gordon Corera. Margy Kinmonth talked about grandfather, Admiral John Henry Godfrey and shared some photographic treasures from the family archive.
The technical side of the Bombe Machine was covered by Paul Kellar, MBE from the Bombe Restoration Team. Phil Hayes from the National Museum of Computing delivered an accessible explanation of how codebreakers were able to break the complex Lorenz machine. I particularly enjoyed his talk as it was a light bulb moment in my understanding!
You can read more about the event and the speakers who delivered fascinating talks then spent time mingling with the audience. To learn more about Celebrating Bletchley Park and the speakers visit http://celebratingbletchleypark.co.uk/?page_id=34.
The event’s Bookshop was delivered by City Books of Hove (http://www.city-books.co.uk). As advertised by Sir Dermot Turing below, the speakers with books for sale at the event signed extra copies. Contact City Books to see if you can get a signed copy of your favourite Bletchley Park book.
A special thanks must go to Elisa Segrave, John Warburton and Lisa Gordon for organising such a fantastic event.
Clicking on the highlighted names of the speakers will take you to their books on Amazon UK. If you purchase their book through these links, I earn a few pennies commission (this does not affect the price you pay) which goes towards running this site. If you prefer, you can exit and go to Amazon direct or buy signed copies from City Books.