Our excited IT students visited the home of the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire
Bletchley Park was the home of the WW2 Codebreakers, where messages encoded by Enigma and Lorenz were deciphered to reveal the enemies' plans. The deciphering of these messages was crucial to the Allies' eventual victory. The Lorenz messages between Hitler and his generals were the most difficult messages to decipher, but at Bletchley Park, the world's first modern computer was used to help speed up the process.
On the trip our students had the opportunity to program old BBC basic machines whilst seeing the Colossus –the first semi programmable electronic computer, created by Tommy Flowers.
A great day was had by all.