Women played a key role at Bletchley Park. Our Roll of Honour contains over 13,600 records and more than 8,600 of them – that’s around 63% – belong to women. This includes people who worked at Bletchley Park and all of its outstations. If you just consider the main site women outnumbered men three to one. The once overlooked role of women at Bletchley Park is now one of the things BP is famous for.
This page is intended to collate just some of the many sources available for finding out more about what the women of Bletchley Park actually did, and the conditions they worked under.
A general introduction can be found in this online exhibition at Google Arts & Culture:
The following link will take you to our Roll of Honour filtered to list only the profiles relating to women:
Further resources are categorised below. Where veterans have been mentioned by name a direct link to their Roll of Honour profile has been provided where further information is listed. In some cases this includes interview transcriptions, articles or obituaries.
The Bletchley Park Podcast
This is a selection of episodes which are entirely focused on the activities and contributions of Bletchley Park’s female codebreakers, but many other episodes feature the women of Bletchley Park, including a number of interviews.
- E28: Mavis Batey
A 55 minute discussion between one of Bletchley Park’s leading female codebreakers, Mavis Batey, and historian and author Michael Smith
- E29: Women in Cybersecurity
30 minutes of clips recorded at Cyber Security Challenge UK & Raytheon’s 2013 event Today, Then, & Tomorrow, held at Bletchley Park
- E32: Audrey Wind
A 37 minute interview with Veteran WRNS Bombe Operator Audrey Wind
Our monthly feature, Collections Uncovered, releases an album of images from our ongoing digitisation project. Many feature women in a variety of roles, at work and off-duty. The following are a selection of editions focused specifically on women: