Maths students visit Bletchley Park

Mathematic students visited Bletchley Park to learn about Second World War codebreaking.

A group of Year 10 students were given a tour around the site and museum which contained information, codes and machines.

Mrs Warwicker.jpg

They also took part in a workshop where they became codebreakers. They had to break enigma ciphers, as well as other codes, to solve a final message. The workshop also gave them the opportunity to use an enigma machine to encipher their own top secret messages

Tegenn Goldsboro.jpg

Student Robert, from 10ADW, said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity because the likelihood of ever using an enigma machine again is unlikely. Enigma was used by the German navy to communicate and if it wasn't for the Bletchley code breakers, in particular, Alan Turing, Britain would have starved.

“We also learnt about the mechanics and electronics behind enigma, how the machine was set up in order to encipher the German messages and what life was like for the codebreakers at Bletchley.”

During the day students walked around the historic grounds, inside the mansion and some of the rooms once used for the greater administrations. They also went inside huts where the codebreakers would have been based.

Robert said: “The visit to Bletchley is one we will always remember.

“It was an amazing opportunity for students to learn about codebreaking in the Second World War and how it led to the Allied victory in 1945 providing us with our freedom today.”

 

--------------------------------------------------------

 

Maths trip to Bletchley Park

by Robert Bond

 

On the 20th February, a small group of Pool Academy students enriched their mathematics in relation to codebreaking with a trip to Bletchley Park. This was an amazing opportunity in which students learnt about codebreaking in the Second World War, and how it led to the Allied victory in 1945, providing us with our freedom today.

 

As the students arrived at Bletchley Park, they were able to look around the on-site museum which contained lots of information, attractions, codes and machines. In the museum students saw both enigma machines and a Lorenz machine, Enigma was used by the German navy to communicate and if it wasn't for the Bletchley code breakers, in particular, Alan Turing, Britain would have starved. Lorenz was the secret code used by Hitler and his high command, as a result of Bill Tutte breaking the code without ever seeing the actual encrypting machine itself, Britain and her allies were able to read top secret messages. 

 

The students participated in a workshop where they got to become codebreakers, breaking enigma ciphers as well as other codes to solve a final message. The students were not only able to see an actual enigma machine they were also able to use it, enciphering their own top secret messages. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity as the likelihood of ever using an enigma machine again is unlikely. Also, we learnt about the mechanics and electronics behind enigma, how the machine was set up in order to encipher the German messages and what life was like for the codebreakers at Bletchley.

 

The students walked around the historic grounds and were able to go inside the mansion. and visit some of the rooms which were used for the greater administration, codebreaking and recreation at Bletchley. Students saw the fine architecture of the mansion, the library used for recreation, and items from the time of the war. After leaving the mansion students were able to go inside the huts in which codebreakers would have been based. In each of the huts, particularly huts 3 and 6, everything was like it was at the time, with the each item being used on a daily basis by the codebreakers, these items were items such as coats, scarfs, typewriters, furniture and even little details like Alan Turing's mug attached to the radiator by a chain to prevent anyone else from using it.

 

Students were given a guided tour, where they were given further detail about each section of Bletchley and it significance and were able to ask questions, which the guide was more than happy to answer.

 

The visit to Bletchley is one we will always remember.

 

 

 

enigma machine.jpg