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Hanglands
06-12-2007, 03:36 AM
Hi there,

Just started a weeks leave, so me and the missus went out to Bletchley Park.

Heres a few photos I took in the main exhibition in 'B Block' :

First is a 'Y Staion' set up :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch1.jpg

A Bombe :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch11.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch2.jpg

From a desert 'Y Station' :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch3.jpg

A disassembled rotor wheel :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch5.jpg

No introduction necessary :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch4.jpg

They also have cypher equipment from other countries and eras. I didnt get a photo of the very interesting Japanese stuff, but this is a Russian job from the ?1950s :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch6.jpg


From the outside, I think this is where B Block and A Block join:

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch12.jpg

Hut 11 (I think), The Bombe Room :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch10.jpg

Something I found incredibly interesting sits in Block H. They are rebuilding a Colossus. Which of course is the first semi-programable computer. Using 2500 valves, its clock speed is 5kHz :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch9.jpg

Heres B Block again, looking from accross from the American Garden Trail.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch14.jpg

And of course, the mansion :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch13.jpg

This was a great day out, not least because your 10 entry fee buys you entry for as many times as you like for a full year! So I paid ten quid to get in yesterday, and I can go back every day theyre open for the next 12 months, for free! Bargain.

But its a sad fact that Bletchley recieves no government funding. And although some of the above pictures might look nice and all that, I was horrified to see most of the place actually looks like this :

The main entrance :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch15.jpg

Hut Six, Interpretation Centre & D-Day Intelligence :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch16.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch17.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch18.jpg

So a lot of it looks like its falling down, certainly its in a very poor state of repair.
In Hut 11, the Bombe Room, I was shocked to see that the sky lights were leaking, and improvised repairs were made by suspending sheets of corrugated perspex under the sky lights, even these were beginning to bow and sag. The Paint was peeling in the damp conditions, and yet there were two pristine Bombes stood in there.

A highly recommended trip if you can get there. If their only source of funds is from getting visitors through the door, I hope Ive encouraged a few of you to go.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park

http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/bletchleypark/index.htm

http://www.bletchleypark.net/

http://www.gchq.gov.uk/about/bletchley.html


Regards.

Hanglands
06-12-2007, 03:36 AM
Hi there,

Just started a weeks leave, so me and the missus went out to Bletchley Park.

Heres a few photos I took in the main exhibition in 'B Block' :

First is a 'Y Staion' set up :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch1.jpg

A Bombe :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch11.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch2.jpg

From a desert 'Y Station' :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch3.jpg

A disassembled rotor wheel :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch5.jpg

No introduction necessary :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch4.jpg

They also have cypher equipment from other countries and eras. I didnt get a photo of the very interesting Japanese stuff, but this is a Russian job from the ?1950s :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch6.jpg


From the outside, I think this is where B Block and A Block join:

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch12.jpg

Hut 11 (I think), The Bombe Room :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch10.jpg

Something I found incredibly interesting sits in Block H. They are rebuilding a Colossus. Which of course is the first semi-programable computer. Using 2500 valves, its clock speed is 5kHz :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch9.jpg

Heres B Block again, looking from accross from the American Garden Trail.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch14.jpg

And of course, the mansion :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch13.jpg

This was a great day out, not least because your 10 entry fee buys you entry for as many times as you like for a full year! So I paid ten quid to get in yesterday, and I can go back every day theyre open for the next 12 months, for free! Bargain.

But its a sad fact that Bletchley recieves no government funding. And although some of the above pictures might look nice and all that, I was horrified to see most of the place actually looks like this :

The main entrance :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch15.jpg

Hut Six, Interpretation Centre & D-Day Intelligence :

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch16.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch17.jpg

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/bletch18.jpg

So a lot of it looks like its falling down, certainly its in a very poor state of repair.
In Hut 11, the Bombe Room, I was shocked to see that the sky lights were leaking, and improvised repairs were made by suspending sheets of corrugated perspex under the sky lights, even these were beginning to bow and sag. The Paint was peeling in the damp conditions, and yet there were two pristine Bombes stood in there.

A highly recommended trip if you can get there. If their only source of funds is from getting visitors through the door, I hope Ive encouraged a few of you to go.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park

http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/bletchleypark/index.htm

http://www.bletchleypark.net/

http://www.gchq.gov.uk/about/bletchley.html


Regards.

Jagdgeschwader2
06-12-2007, 06:13 AM
Nice! I've got to make the trip across the pond some time. If I lived there I would gladly volunteer to do restoration and upkeep of the facilities. Would be cool to get a bunch of friends together on the weekends to work on the place. Thanks for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://home.earthlink.net/~jagdgeschwader26/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/jagdgeschwader2s3.jpg

John_Wayne_
06-12-2007, 06:39 AM
Heh heh - looks like you found a rig that might handle BoB. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Interesting stuff as ever. Thanks for sharing.

Vanderstok
06-12-2007, 12:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by John_Wayne_:
Heh heh - looks like you found a rig that might handle BoB. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Interesting stuff as ever. Thanks for sharing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL, your mobile phone probably has more CPU power!

Any of you have read "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson? Great novel; a lot of the story takes place in Bletchley Park....

MB_Avro_UK
06-12-2007, 02:51 PM
Superb Post Hanglands http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm tempted to buy a few gallons of paint, paint stripper and undercoat and restore the place myself in order to rectify the lack of Official Government support for this Institution.

Is there a support group for Bletchley Park?

The Government and the Lottery fund have millions of excess cash that they don't know what to do with. Millions has been spent on the 2012 Olymic logo that appears to have been designed by a 5 year old child with a tantrum!

Over here, success is regarded with contempt by this Government.They prefer to spend money on Lesbian one-legged communes...

Sigh..........

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

SlayingZero
06-12-2007, 03:18 PM
Great photo's. I bet your 'misses' was thrilled http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

x6BL_Brando
06-12-2007, 03:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">one-legged communes... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Please leave the cripple gags at the door, Crissakes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Waldo.Pepper
06-12-2007, 03:54 PM
Very Minty! I wish I could visit. I'd bring a broom and a can of paint as well!

That place should be preserved.

MB_Avro_UK
06-12-2007, 04:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by x6BL_Brando:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">one-legged communes... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Please leave the cripple gags at the door, Crissakes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I lost my left foot in a car accident 12 years ago. I am a 'cripple' to quote your words but I have a sense of humour.

What's your problem?

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

jolly_magpie
06-12-2007, 05:35 PM
Great pics, thanks!!!

Freelancer-1
06-12-2007, 08:22 PM
Until I googled it , I must admit I had no idea what this place was.

After checking it out, I now understand it is a historical site of some importance.

It saddens me to see the state of disrepair the government has allowed parts of it to become. Thank god for people who remember the past and the lessons that places such as this provide, else it may well be the site of a condo by now.

My respect goes to those volunteers who sweat and toil with what little money they get at the gate, yet manage to keep it alive http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Hanglands
06-13-2007, 04:42 AM
Hi again,

I wasnt going to post these because theyre a bit naff. Just a couple of short videos I made of Bletchley.

THIS ONE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P70167VJyrI) Is the Colossus rebuild working.

AND THIS ONE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLWiQL9FsrQ) I took to show the depressing state of the Bombe Room.

Ive never driven through Milton Keynes before, I tell you, thats a bloody experience in itself. If youre visiting Bletchley from the north, just circumnavigate MK altogether and enter from the south.

If you cant get to Bletchley then take THIS VIRTUAL TOUR (http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/bletchleypark/)

Then you can go HERE (http://uktv.co.uk/index.cfm/uktv/britainsbest.siteDetail/id/439) and vote for it as Britains Best Building or whatever. OK, you might not think it is that at all, but I reckon it needs all the help it can get. So please, do us a favour, vote BLETCHLEY FTW http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I dont know about a support group, MB, but you might try Googling the Bletchley Park Trust.

Regards.


(Edited because YouTbe apparently dont allow the words 'Bombe' and 'government' in the video description, so Ive changed that over at YT and updated the link here. Flippin 'eck.)