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Duke of Kent opens new exhibition

Fri, 23 Mar 2018
Overview
Story of the Bombe machines explains how Enigma was cracked

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG this morning officially opened a restored wartime building at Bletchley Park. Hut 11A is home to the museum’s latest permanent exhibition, The Bombe Breakthrough, which charts the work of Alan Turing in building the machine that broke Enigma.

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “We are grateful to our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Kent KG, for his presence here today. Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough tells a crucial part of the Bletchley Park story and the opening today is the culmination of many years of hard work and research necessary to create an engaging and informative exhibition.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • The first ever replica of the Polish Bomba machine
  • A working model of an Alan Turing-designed Bombe machine
  • Original Bombe blueprints and components
  • Decrypted and translated Enigma messages
  • Interactive displays and deeper dives for visitors

Entrance to Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough is included in the main ticket price, which offers free unlimited visits for 12 months. To find out more about visiting Bletchley Park, go to www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Royal opening of Hut 11A
HRH The Duke of Kent officially opens Hut 11A