Secrets and Lives: The Enigmatic Story of Bletchley Park: Alan Marchant

"Churchill called Bletchley Park ‘my most secret source’, and referred to its 10,000 workers as the ‘geese that laid the golden eggs but never cackled’.  The BP codebreakers’ efforts shortened the war by at least two years, saving countless lives. We will follow the extraordinary story of how ‘Ultra’ intelligence was obtained from intercepting and deciphering thousands of enemy messages. Who were these codebreakers? Alan Turing gets the headlines but there were others who were just as important. How did the breaking of enemy cipher machines change key events in the war? On the 75th anniversary of D Day we will discover how disinformation from BP helped the Normandy Landings bring victory closer. We will also discover how the codebreakers worked, lived and spent their leisure time, and how Bedford played its own role in Bletchley Park’s secret world. "

Tutor: Alan Marchant

"Alan Marchant has taught history at secondary and University level in the UK, Canada and Australia as well as languages at the OU and the British Council in Spain. He has authored text books and led history tours to various countries in Europe including Russia. He is a visiting speaker for a variety of organisations and currently works in Bletchley Park where he gives guided tours to school and university groups."