Bletchley Park and BT team up for D-Day visitor experience

New exhibition using immersive film and display will open in 2019 to mark 75 years since D-Day.

Last updated: 6 June 2018 - 2.59pm

To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Bletchley Park is set to open an exciting new exhibition in 2019 and BT is proud to be the exclusive sole partner.

This exciting audio-visual experience, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion will be located in the newly restored Teleprinter Building, at the historic home of World War Two codebreakers. BT is the exclusive and sole corporate partner of the restoration of Teleprinter Building, a key wartime communications hub.

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Presenting the vital role Bletchley Park played in informing the D-Day invasion, the exhibition will introduce the people involved and show how different kinds of intelligence were used by the Allies to enable the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944,

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “This exhibition allows our visitors to learn about the crucial role Bletchley Park played in the preparations for the D-Day invasion, and to understand the importance of the ULTRA intelligence produced here.”

The codebreaking operations at Bletchley Park depended on secure communications and new technologies. GPO (BT’s forerunner) engineers worked alongside the codebreakers, managing Bletchley Park’s secure communications network and delivered innovative information technology such as Colossus, the world’s first electronic digital computer.

The GPO also provided personnel and equipment for the Radio Security Service (RSS) which intercepted messages from the German intelligence service (Abwehr) throughout the war, and passed them to Bletchley Park. A new display in Bletchley Park’s Visitor Centre outlines the breadth and importance of the unique shared heritage between BT and Bletchley Park.

Sir John Scarlett, Chairman of Bletchley Park Trust, said: “We are delighted to have BT as our partner in delivering this stimulating and innovative new addition to our visitor experience. We believe it provides the ideal opportunity for both organisations to build on, and to demonstrate, a remarkable shared heritage which goes back to the very earliest days of Government Code & Cypher School.”

Howard Watson, BT Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, said: “Bletchley Park is the origin of modern computing in Britain. Our own scientists and engineers, including the great Tommy Flowers, played a pivotal role in Bletchley’s history, and we’re proud to be able to support the creation of this exciting new visitor experience that will hopefully inspire a new generation of brilliant thinkers.”

Read more: Colossus and the codebreakers – the computer that helped defeat Hitler

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