Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bletchley Park

What's our next move?

I have spent years hearing about the German Enigma machine and knowing just the basics about it.  Saturday, that changed when we visited Bletchley Park.  Bletchley Park is the place where computers really got their start while men and women tried to break the German code created with the Enigma machine.  This was before the days of computer engineers or scientists.  What started in 1939 as a small group of mathematicians and great thinkers swelled to around 10,000 before WWII ended in 1945.  They were credited with playing a major role in the success of D-Day, the Atlantic and North African campaigns.  They lived and worked tirelessly under the pressure secrecy.  It wasn't until the early 80's when this information became public.  It is a fascinating place with an interesting story.

One of the things I've really tried to impress upon the kids with our visit here and at the Science Museum is the need to ask questions.   If you ask enough questions, eventually you'll ask one that hasn't been answered.

Charity, pushing the kids on the awesome merry-go-round.

We didn't take any pictures of the actual stuff we saw but we did take pictures of the kids playing and our dinner.  We enjoyed some fish and chips that evening at a restaurant called Poppies.  It was quite tasty.  The fish was good but I thought the fish cakes were delicious.  It was a fun night out with our family after a good day.

Fish and Chips

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