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    Default My Bank Holiday Bletchley Park visit

    So, in a moment of supreme kindness, my loving wifey agreed to a plan of heading off to Harrow on Sunday and hitting some softballs* in the batting cages, then staying over near Milton Keynes and visiting Bletchley Park on May Bank Holiday Monday.

    *This will likely only make sense to Alistair as he & I originally met on the sidelines of the softball field, a non-horological interest we share.

    We made it to Bletchley around 10am, bought our passes (which are good for 12 months) and headed to the famous Hut 4 cafe for coffee and a sandwich.
    My MBII was excited about news of an imminent Bletchley cousin and came along for the ride.



    We booked on the guided tour (included in the ticket price) starting at 11 and headed to the Chauffeur's hut to await the start.



    To say the guides and staff at Bletchley are knowledgable, courteous and passionate about the place just doesn't do them justice - to a [wo]man they add to the inspiration of the place.
    The tour headed to the mansion house, which is a patchwork quilt of architectural styles, with bits and bobs bolted on from all periods - at least the griffin guarding the entrance has taste in watches...



    The tour took in the Polish memorial,



    the recreation of the Bombe machine



    the vehicle sheds







    the bicycle racks that protected the transport of the thousands of people who worked at BP over the years



    and many other sights (and sites) around the place that I didn't take pictures of.

    Once the tour was over we were left to our own devices to wander around the amazing site and discover things for ourselves.
    These included Hut 8:









    an entire room dedicated to Winston Churchill



    exhibits of listening and transmission equipment,



    the Colossus and Tunny codebreaking machines that gave birth to the age of electronic computing



    and even a Ulysse Nardin naval chronometer captured from an Italian submarine in 1943.





    My Bremont also waved at a Lorenz while it was there...



    I have to say, I was amazed by the place and although I was there from 10am to 5pm I didn't get to see it all - I cannot wait to go back and see more of the National Museum of Computing, which I barely got to glimpse at before closing time.

    I could have taken hundreds more photos - the access to the exhibits is amazing, but in the end, I had to do this for 10 minutes:



    Then head for home.

    I hope anyone within reasonable distance gets chance to check Bletchley Park out for themselves, and for those a bit further afield I hope I've given you a taste of the place and promise to get more coverage when I return - hopefully with a few fellow ATGers as news of the Codebreaker collaboration materialises.

    Johnny.

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    I have been asked to compile a list of Codebreaker buyers who would like to visit Bletchley in late June.. Email ATG for Invite



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    Excellent stuff! Hoping to get up to Bletchley in June for the Party. Looking forward to the big reveal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodlefish View Post
    Excellent stuff! Hoping to get up to Bletchley in June for the Party. Looking forward to the big reveal!
    Aren't we all fella!
    Quite excited now, with what, still 7 weeks to go...

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    Inspirational Johnny - we shouldn't forget these gals and guys who saved many a bacon, without firing a shot and all from their back rooms using their minds. Gifted people we were lucky to have in our hours of need.

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