Martin Postranecky | 28 Mar 16:06 2014
Martin Postranecky | 26 Mar 23:34 2014
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Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93

26 March 2014

Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93
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Capt Raymond "Jerry" Roberts Capt Roberts described the intelligence his 
team gathered as "gold dust"

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts - one of the last of a top World War Two 
code-breaking team at Bletchley Park - has died, aged 93, following a 
short illness.

Captain Roberts, from Liphook in Hampshire, was part of a group that 
cracked the German High Command's Tunny code at the British listening 
post.

Their decrypts made it possible to read Hitler's own messages during the 
war.

The team is credited with helping to shorten the war by at least two 
years..../snip/


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26759034

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/73834000/jpg/_73834441_66949477.jpg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22113297

http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/757827/diff/0/1
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Martin Postranecky | 22 Mar 12:29 2014
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Bletchley Park vs the Museum of Computing

22-03-2014

Bletchley Park vs the Museum of Computing
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SIR – The Bletchley Park Trust ( BPT ) says it “bent over backwards to cut 
the struggling computer museum a good deal” in a joint-ticketing proposal 
for the National Museum of Computing.

At first sight, single-ticketing seemed to be a major step forward in 
relations between the two, but the offer included a section implicitly 
questioning the ownership of the Colossus Rebuild.

The National Museum of Computing could not accept a deal with such an 
unnecessary and provocative statement. The working rebuild of Colossus, 
the world’s first electronic computer, which cracked the most complex 
cipher of the Second World War and altered the course of the war, is the 
highlight of most people’s visit to Bletchley Park. The Colossus Rebuild 
has been maintained and displayed by the museum for many years through a 
long-term agreement with Colossus Rebuild Limited.

The “good deal” also failed to recompense the museum adequately for making 
the Colossus Rebuild available free of charge to Bletchley Park Trust 
visitors for many years despite calls by the museum since 2008 for fair 
recompense in the form of a rent and utilities discount. The Computing 
Museum faced an annual bill of more than £100,000 in rent and utilities 
from Bletchley Park Trust.

We hope that the Board of BPT will agree to an independent review so that 
the full facts can be addressed by third parties and the situation finally 
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Martin Postranecky | 17 Mar 00:18 2014
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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

10 Mar 2014

Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat
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Trust needs 'more women at high level', sniffs departing doc

By Jasper Hamill

A Bletchley Park Trust board member has stepped down in protest against 
the charity's failure to sort out a long-running dispute with the National 
Museum of Computing.

Dr Sue Black, senior research associate at University College London's 
department of computer science, quit the Trust's board at the end of last 
year.

She announced this decision for the first time over the weekend, in a blog 
post which suggested "mediation is the solution" to the "bitter dispute".

The National Museum of Computing ( TNMOC ) and the Bletchley Park Trust 
have been locked in conflict for some time.

Their barney reached new heights this year after the Trust erected fences 
to prevent visitors to Bletchley from visiting TNMoC and allegedly sacked 
a volunteer for taking a tour party across enemy lines to see TNMOC, 
which, amongst other rare and valuable exhibits, houses a working replica 
of the World War Two Colossus code-cracking machine.

The Register has covered the ongoing Bletchley barney for some time and 
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Martin Postranecky | 13 Mar 09:18 2014
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House of Lords : Bletchley Park — Question for Short Debate

12 Mar 2014
House of Lords Debate

Bletchley Park — Question for Short Debate
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7:28 pm
Baroness Trumpington ( Conservative )
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of
Bletchley Park.

read all :
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2014-03-12a.1819.0&m=100289

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201314/ldhansrd/text/140312-0002.htm#st_159

http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/house-of-lords-26550583

Martin Postranecky | 12 Mar 16:56 2014
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Why Bletchley Park is at war again

11 Mar 2014

Why Bletchley Park is at war again
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Conflict between the bodies responsible for the protection of the former
Second World War code-breaking HQ has broken out into the open

The Bletchley Park code-breakers’ penetration of the innermost workings of the
Nazi high command is believed by some historians to have shortened the war by
two years.

By Neil Tweedie

Extreme secrecy ensured that those working at Bletchley Park during the Second
World War had little to fear from the Germans. The Luftwaffe crew who
jettisoned their bombs over the code-breaking centre while returning from a
raid during the night of November 20 1940 were oblivious of the priceless
target they had so narrowly missed. That was the only time Bletchley was
seriously threatened by enemy action. When destruction eventually loomed, it
came from a far more dangerous quarter: the housing developers of south-east
England...../snip/

Today, all that has changed. In June, a rejuvenated Bletchley is due to open
to the public; £8 million of investment, including a £5 million donation from
the Heritage Lottery Fund, is being used to create a new visitor centre and
restore the huts that produced the Ultra decrypts, the crown jewels of wartime
intelligence.

The opening is intended to coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6
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Martin Postranecky | 15 Feb 13:48 2014
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Bletchley Park Wrens reveal their secrets

Sat, February 15, 2014

The women who cracked Hitler's code :

Bletchley Park Wrens reveal their secrets
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THESE former Wrens worked on Colossus, Britain's first computer which
played a vital role in deciphering encrypted German messages during the
Second World War. Five of them reveal their stories, almost seventy years
on....

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/459896/The-women-who-cracked-Hitler-s-code-Bletchley-Park-Wrens-reveal-their-secrets

Martin Postranecky | 7 Feb 00:45 2014
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Celebrating Colossus at 70 - MORE

Celebrating Colossus at 70
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The photos

Some pictures from the Colossus at 70 event on Wednesday 5 February 2014 
Click on the gallery to the right to enlarge. ( Wonderful work by John 
Robertson )

And a selection of the coverage ( it's still coming in -- we will continue 
to update with some favourites )

http://www.tnmoc.org/news/notes-museum/picture-colossus-70

https://soundcloud.com/craiglewis_mk/kenneth-flowers-son-of

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qt674

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26076083

Martin Postranecky | 5 Feb 23:26 2014
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Colossus at 70 : the computer that helped bring down Hitler

05 February 2014

Colossus at 70 : the computer that helped bring down Hitler
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Today marks the seventieth anniversary of Colossus, the world's first 
electronic computer

http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/veterans-celebrate-colossus-70

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/82-heritage/6916-colossus-re-enactment-to-mark-70th-anniversary.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10618866/Colossus-at-70-the-computer-that-helped-bring-down-Hitler.html

Martin Postranecky | 4 Feb 23:54 2014
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Pictured for the first time : Bletchley Park's women code-breakers

04 February 2014

Pictured for the first time : Bletchley Park's women code-breakers who 
operated the world's first electronic computer during Second World War

- Joanna Chorley has kept the photograph hidden for the last seven 
  decades
- The 88-year-old was part of Colossus C watch at Bletchley Park in WWII
- She found the photo, believed to be one of a handful in existence, 
  while having a clear out

By Daily Mail Reporter

A rare picture of a team of women code-breakers who operated the world's 
first electronic computer during the Second World War has been uncovered 
on the machine's 70th anniversary.

The photo, which has never before been seen, has been kept hidden in a 
bureau by Joanna Chorley for seven decades.

The 88-year-old was part of the Colossus C watch at Bletchley Park in 
Buckinghamshire during the Second World War and one of the world;s first 
computer operators.

She found the picture of the Women's Royal Naval Service ( Wrens ), which 
shows her dressed in a smart beret and tie, when she was having a clear 
out and it is believed to be one of only a handful in existence.

It was taken at the end of the Second World War and has come to light as 
Colossus celebrates its 70th anniversary tomorrow.
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Steve Coulson | 29 Jan 17:24 2014

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Robert Philpot wrote:

> I have been a member since 1996 and have never seen any sort of official
> response on here. ... Indeed I'd be interested to know who the list owner is.

The Bletchley Park list was originally hosted at Cranfield University (UK), but was moved to
Kansas State University (USA) in 1990.  I am one of two list owners (managers), though my role is
more that of a custodian.  The list has no connection with the Bletchley Park Trust.  List owners
can always be contacted at this generic address:  bletchleypark-request <at> listserv.ksu.edu.

Steve Coulson


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