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Google takes Bletchley Park online

War saving codebreakers brought to the web
Fri Mar 15 2013, 14:07
The main house at Bletchley Park

INTERNET SWISS ARMY KNIFE Google has taken Bletchley Park and its codebreaking history and put it online.

Bletchley Park is open for visitors at the Google Cultural Institute, in an interactive display of what it is and what it did. At the same time Bletchley Park has uploaded a short video to Youtube about Jean Valentine who worked on on the Bombe machine, the key to unlocking Enigma.

The Bombe's father was Alan Turing. Over 200 of the decoding machines were used at Bletchley Park. You can see it in use on Youtube, and hear how it was used by Valentine and others. The video is worth a watch.

The Google virtual tour is well worth a wander too. It takes the reader from the start of Bletchley Park, when just a few people worked there, to the days when its Enigma code cracking helped end the Second World War.

It's online so it's interactive, and it has nice pictures and things. "The Bletchley Park exhibition at the Google Cultural Institute tells the breathtaking story of the Home of the Codebreakers in World War Two, from the arrival of the first hand-picked few who responded to the coded message 'Aunty Flo is not so well', right through to its role in the success of the D-Day deception in 1944," says Bletchley Park.

"The exhibition outlines the importance of Bletchley Park and its impact on the war. It also examines how the Codebreakers beat odds of 158 trillion to one to break and read Enigma messages and decrypted messages from Hitler and the high command, enciphered using the fiendishly complex Lorenz machine."

Google and Bletchley Park are no strangers. The web firm sent bicycles around its huts so it could add it to its Streetview service, and it dropped a cool £550,000 donation in its lap in 2011. Google also kicked £100,000 into a bid to save some Alan Turing papers for the Bletchley Park museum.

Now you can watch the video. µ


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