Once Upon a Try is the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated.
For the first time collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions across 23 countries, including Bletchley Park, are brought together, highlighting thousands of years’ worth of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.
You can now explore more than 400 interactive exhibitions that pay tribute to humanity’s greatest leaps in science and technology progress, and the visionaries that shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents.
New online exhibition by Bletchley Park include an exhibition on Gordon Welchman: Bletchley Park’s Architect of Ultra Intelligence and Five Facts You Need to Know About the Bombe Machines. Plus updated online exhibitions on Cyber Security and The Women of Bletchley Park .
Once Upon A Try also lets you dive into Street View to tour the sites of great discoveries, from deep underground inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to high in the sky onboard the International Space Station. Zoom into more than 200,000 artifacts in high definition, including the first recorded map of the Americas from 1508, and Albert Einstein’s letters, never before published online.
Join Tilda Swinton and CERN particle physicists to experience the birth and evolution of the universe in augmented reality – a state-of-the-art use of this new technology. And you can explore NASA’s archive of 127,000 images in a new storytelling tool, powered by Google machine learning.
Iain Standen, Chief Executive of Bletchley Park Trust said: “Bletchley Park is a birthplace of modern information technology, and a site of international significance, so it is fitting that its stories and exhibitions are being shared around the world online through the Once Upon a Try project. Bletchley Park was home to great minds whose advances in maths and technology helped to change the course of history. I hope our online visitors enjoy virtually ‘standing where they stood’ and feel inspired by their stories.”
“We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. Once Upon a Try is all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment,” said Amit Sood, Director of Google Arts & Culture.