Code Breakers

Performed on Tue 15 Oct


Presented by All Electric Productions
Dr Mark Baldwin presents one of the Second World War's most fascinating stories. The Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages, used the intelligent gained to hasten Allied victory.

After the presentation, the audience are invited to take part in a hands-on practical demonstration of one of the few surviving Enigma machines. Only about 300 are known to survive worldwide; of these, only about a dozen are in public collections in Britain. As these machines are so rare, Dr Baldwin is providing a unusual opportunity for the audience not just to view, but also to operate, an original 1944 4-rotor Enigma machine (i.e. the more sophisticated model, developed for the U-Boat service). This is of particular interest, as there is no working Enigma machine on permanent public display anywhere in England north of Bletchley Park, and nowhere at all in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.

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