That was yesterday and today we walked the 1.1 miles to Bletchley Park to see the home of the WW11 codebreakers. The walk to the place was never ending, or so it seemed!. Funny how going to a place seems to take longer than the return journey. It's something to do with the 'return trip effect' even when travel distance and time are the same there and back, the back feels measurably shorter. Apparently, researchers have found that we are very bad at judging how long a trip takes and therefore forget the actual length of time it took.
For a Sunday the place was understandably busy mainly with coach parties but the Scouts were also in abundance. To avoid the crowds we started from the far end and worked our way back. Having been to the Park many many years ago I fully expected to see the same displays but in 2011 a lottery grant allowed a massive rebuilding program which ended in 2014 and therefore much was new to us. The most disappointing part was not seeing the Colossus (the first programmable electronic computer) which had been moved to The National Museum of Computing. Still on the Park grounds but now stood alone as a separate building with an extra entry cost. As our entry ticket to Bletchley Park is valid for a year we may go and see this exhibition on our return journey in October.
For six hours we explored every corner, going into the Mansion and huts, watching the many videos on code breaking, trying to take in all the information. It was thrilling to read about a code breaker and mathematician Rolf Noskwith account of his time breaking the code.
|Lorenz Schlusselzusatz SZ40 Cipher Attachment|
|Inside the mansion|
|Top left:- 1938 Austin 18 six cylinder Ambulance. Top right:- 1940 Packard 6 six-cylinder touring Sudan. Bottom left:- 1947 Sunbeam Talbot 2 litre sports saloon converted to a Tourer and bottom right : - blackout headlights.|
|Watch keepers room|
|With resident Swans|