Students explore the enigma of Bletchley Park

Maths and Computing students from Truro and Penwith College took the long drive north in order to visit Bletchley Park, the home of British codebreaking and the birthplace of modern information technology.

Truro and Penwith students at Bletchley Park

Truro and Penwith students at Bletchley Park

The men and women who worked within the Buckinghamshire-based facility played a crucial role during the Second World War as they were the people responsible for providing the British with top secret intelligence.

A student reads about the impact Bletchley had on the Second World War

A student reads about the impact Bletchley had on the Second World War

Inside the museum, our students explored Bletchley Park’s fascinating history from its humble beginnings as a cottage codebreaking facility to the place where work was undertaken to crack the famous enigma code. The museum also plays homage to the lifestyle that grew from the unique social setting of a site overcast by such a high level of secrecy. The students learnt how the codebreakers would play cricket on the green and swim in the lake to unwind, and how parties in the grand hall of the mansion weren’t uncommon to relieve the stress.

Students engage with Bletchley Parks exhibits

Students engage with Bletchley Parks exhibits

The site was nearly demolished in the 90s to make way for a housing development, however, through hard work and dedication, it was saved and turned into the museum that stands there today. The students were thrilled to be able to experience a site of such importance to their respective fields and were taken back by the dedication of the Bletchley Park Trusts whose work ensures that the legacy of these remarkable people doesn’t fade away.

Students try their hand at deciphering incoming code

Students try their hand at deciphering incoming code

Elliot Howe, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology student, was thrilled to have the chance to compare the cyber security of today with that of the war, saying: “I thought it would be a great opportunity to come here to educate myself about how they would have approached security threats in the past.”


FdSc Computer technology student Sophie Tucker was excited to explore the park as a point in history for women, saying: “Going to Bletchley Park was great, especially as a woman. Over 75% of the population here were women so it’s important to rediscover our roots.”

A student looks at some of the fascinating blueprints on display

A student looks at some of the fascinating blueprints on display