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Bletchley park: Secret projects and amazing women

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Imagine working for a company that employs 10,000 people. It’s a secret project. You don’t know the colleagues in the next room. You don’t know the overall project goals. You don’t know the names of other members of the project team, and you can’t tell anyone about what you’re doing. You only know that your part of the project is important because 11 million lives are at stake every year.
This must have been what it was like working as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II.
Bletchley Park has a long history with women in IT. Half of the original code-breakers were women. Dr Sue Black, who has taken up the baton to champion the cause of those who worked there, has recently taken over. She was a strong advocate for keeping the Park open as an museum and initiated the Saving Bletchley Park campaign.
The campaign ended after three years. It’s not about saving Bletchley park. It’s now about Building Bletchley Park.
Robert Llewellyn drove Sue to Bletchley recently for an episode on Carpool. They discuss Alan Turing’s code-breaking work and how the young women sunbathed on top of the building – as well as what the RAF pilots did to find out.
Are you unable to see the video? You can watch it on YouTube.