|Telecoms at BLETCHLEY PARK|
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More than sixty-five years ago, the covert activities at Bletchley Park were said to have shortened the war by several years as well as forming the foundations of modern communications.
Now, in the 21st century, by combining old and new technologies to revive long-forgotten memories and neglected buildings, the electro-mechanical machines of the 1940s are being replicated so that the fascinating story of the code-breakers and early computing pioneers can be told. The Park is still a sprawling site, with lots of unobtrusive single storey huts and buildings seemingly of little importance, which have survived since World War II, and these are gradually being brought back to life, as funding permits.
Bletchley Park has many connections with telecommunications that have set the standards for the way we communicate today. Post-war, training courses at the Park included Civil Aviation, Teachers' Training, Post Office clerks and engineers of all grades, making the site key to the evolving technology and social world of the Sixties and Seventies. Here we attempt to unravel just some of the Government and Post Office history associated with the Park.
As a government site, the activities at the Park were always subjected to some secrecy, even after the war, so it's not easy to track the many changes over the years as departments re-organised and relocated. These pages are subject to revision as research uncovers additional information, and more stories can be told...
The Government & Cypher School moved into The Park in 1939 and vacated circa 1946. The Post Office Training Schools were established circa 1947 and as BT did not finally vacate the site until 1993, then the telecommunications timespan is much longer!
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