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Archives and Library

Archive holdings bring to life the people and work of Bletchley Park

The Archive collection comprises almost 500,000 documents and images. Significant holdings include:

 

  • Original World War Two documents relating to the codebreaking activities at Bletchley Park. These include index cards, Enigma transmissions and other intercepted material, German-language Abwehr (German military intelligence service) message decrypts, and maps / charts.
  • Items relating to the work and achievements of the Codebreakers, including working aids used in the decryption and analysis process at Bletchley Park such as card indexes and glossaries, original correspondence, and theoretical papers and offprints.
  • Examples of intelligence report series (eg Luftwaffe intelligence reports).
  • Records of the state of Axis shipping.
  • Unique engineering drawings for the Bombe machine (used to recover parts of Enigma key settings).
  • Personal archive material (contemporary and retrospective) relating to individuals who served at Bletchley Park, its outstations or affiliated organisations during World War Two, such as events programmes, language training materials, and written memoirs.

 

Library collections include published books relating to the wartime history of Bletchley Park, periodicals and cuttings, original and scanned photographs, and digital and analogue AV holdings.

The Blist, dated 15 March 1940 and labelled ‘Yellow’

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Object Collection

Object holdings focus on wartime machines, equipment and social history

Object Collection

Object holdings focus on wartime machines, equipment and social history