Maths Department Trip to Bletchley Park

On Tuesday 13 June a group of girls from Year 8 and 9 went on a visit to Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 code breakers. We had a very informative guided tour where we learnt about the history of the park and the reasons behind its position near Milton Keynes. Our guide covered the recruitment process, their working life and also the social life. Later we had the opportunity to visit the huts where the famous code breakers worked and had our own demonstration of the Bombe machine. We also learnt the pigeons played an important role in transporting messages and were amused to see a pigeon parachute!

In the afternoon the girls took part in a ‘Codes and Ciphers’ workshop, learning a little about the methods used to break the German codes. Everyone had the opportunity to try coding a message on an Enigma machine. It was a great insight into how mathematics helped to win the war; it is thought that the war was shortened by many months. Luckily, unlike 9000 people who worked there, we did not have to sign the Official Secrets Act so we could tell you about it!