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Collections Uncovered 17

Fri, 24 May 2019
Overview
Sketches from the Archives

Alongside the codebreaking material and social history documents in Bletchley Park’s archive are a handful of sketches, artworks and hand-drawn notes. Some were created during the War, some drawn by Veterans afterwards, and some by artists who have been inspired by Bletchley Park and its stories. Some are too fragile to place on permanent display while others don’t easily fit into our existing exhibitions. In our 2019 temporary exhibition ‘The Illustration Game: Sketches from the Archives’, we have had the opportunity to display a number of these fascinating treasures.

Collections Uncovered 17 – Sketches from the Archives
1 / 10Bletchley 1945, Night Watch by Phyllis Dalton, MBE | Phyllis Barton (née Dalton) served at Bletchley Park from June 1944 to 1945. She sketched this picture of a Wren hurrying off to Night Watch while she was billeted at Crawley Grange. As a Bombe Operator, she found Night Watch rather long and dull. When interviewed by Bletchley Park’s Oral History team, she told us: “Our task was to set up the Bombes from a plan, on a piece of paper. We had to put the plugs in at the back from this plan and then you switched the Bombe on. When working the noise was loud, and especially at nights, because of the rhythm, soporific. The Hut was cold and bare. We were on our feet for most of the time.”
Roll of Honour

The Bletchley Park Roll of Honour lists all those believed to have worked in signals intelligence during World War Two, at Bletchley Park and other locations. Several of the Veterans who are either depicted in or have created doodles and drawings for this exhibition can be found here; click on the links below to see individuals’ Roll of Honour entries:

Image 1 & 2 – Phyllis Barton (née Dalton)

Image 3 & 4 – Helen Rance (née Thomson)

Image 7 & 8 – Doreen Luke (née Spencer)

Image 9 & 10 – Penelope BishopFay Cooke, Francoise and Pierette Knapp, Vivienne Martin, Bettina Hansford, Adrienne Farrell, Jacqueline Simpson, Sheila Restler, Morag MacLennan, and Osla Benning.

The Exhibition
13 May 2019 — 3 Nov 2019
From 09:30 to 17:00
INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION
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