At the beginning of March, three young people were accompanied by three of our adults on an overnight trip to Milton Keynes. They had headed there to visit Bletchley Park Museum and Milton Keynes Museum as part of their history lessons. One of the young people has beautifully written this account of the trip:
Bletchley Park is where the Government used special methods to decipher German and Japanese messages during World War II. Alan Turing created a machine called the Universal Turing Machine, which was used to decipher messages immediately. There were 10,000 people working at Bletchley Park when they were trying to crack the Enigma Code and stop World War II. We have all been learning about the Enigma Code and World War II in history lessons.
Why did we go?
We went to Bletchley Park because we all wanted to see where everyone involved in cracking the Enigma code worked. We also wanted to see the environment they worked in and see if they are similar to working conditions today.
What was everybody favourite part?
At the Milton Keynes Museum everyone enjoyed how hands-on everything there was, you were able to interact with everything in the museum. Everybody’s favourite room in the museum was the communications room because you were able to use all the old telephones. There was also a switchboard you could use to transfer calls to each other.
At Bletchley Park we all enjoyed learning lots of new things about World War II. We also enjoyed the interactive things that were in different rooms, it gave you a look at how hard and continuous their jobs were in the war. In most of the rooms they had a person who could talk to you about different parts of the war and they could explain things to you, we enjoyed talking to them because they knew a lot of information.