Colleges and Higher Education
At Bletchley Park we offer a variety of facilitated workshops for school groups with specific focus on history, mathematics and computing. Each workshop is 60 minutes in duration and is designed to be engaging, hands-on and challenging for students of all abilities.
Codes and Ciphers
This workshop will explore encryption techniques that have been used throughout history. Students will tackle complex processes and be introduced to mathematical techniques, such as modular arithmetic and binary addition, in order to solve a codebreaking challenge. They will also have the unique opportunity to see a genuine Enigma machine and will be able to describe its design and role in WW2.
Interception to Intelligence: Land and Sea
In this interactive workshop students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain’s influence and role during WW2.
Participating in immersive activities students will be challenged to think strategically and help secure Britain’s success in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Through interactive activities and hands-on demonstrations students will examine how Bletchley Park’s Codebreakers exploited vulnerabilities and basic breaches of protocol to break encrypted messages. Students will also develop an understanding of how these techniques are still relevant in today’s connected world.
Story of Enigma
The iconic Enigma machine is one of the most well-known aspects of the Bletchley Park story, with much of the Codebreakers’ work geared towards unravelling the secrets encrypted by this famous cipher. But what made it such an effective machine? Students will leave this session with a deeper understanding of the Enigma cipher, having learnt about its origins and operation, and used their mathematical skills to calculate the number of setup positions for one of our real, working Enigma machines.
Story of Lorenz
Lorenz, used by Hitler’s High Command for secret messaging, is less well-known than the iconic Enigma machine, but also far more effective. Students will learn some of the secrets of this machine, including its use of binary operations to generate secret codes that dwarfed Enigma in terms of complexity, and prompted the development of the world’s first programmable electronic computer.