Thirty five students from Year One of BSc and FD in Computing visited Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing on Monday 26th March 2018. The students were accompanied by three members of academic staff: Dr David Bennett, Dr Muna Al-Jepoori and Reza Mousoli from Computing, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Bletchley Park played a crucial part in the history of WII for its contribution in decoding encrypted messages from the Germans and the Japanese machines such as Enigma and Lorenz. Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers and Bill Tutte, were three of the most cerebrated scientists and engineers of their era helped to build the first generation of computers and Data Centres.
Colossus and Bombe computers were among the first mainframes to be built by British Scientist and Engineers for the purpose of decoding encrypted messages. Colossus used valves to break Lorenz codes whereas the Bombe was an electro-mechanical machine that broke Enigma codes.
In the words of General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill the duration of WII was shorted and many lives were saved directly as a result of codebreakers efforts at Bletchley Park.
The trip was organized by Dr Muna Al-Jepoori who said “This year’s visit was the most informative year in terms of presentation by tour guides; students loved it.”