Dr Sue Black, author of Saving Bletchley Park, was the pioneer behind a campaign to protect one of the most important locations of WWII. Twitter helped, too.
Made famous by the film The Imitation Game, Bletchley Park was where the British forces finally cracked Enigma, one of Germany’s most successful encryption techniques.
Among several other achievements at the England location, it was not technical glories that caught Black’s attention, but the people who achieved these war-winning successes.
“I got there and found out it was 10,000 people who had worked there, around 8,000 women throughout the WWII.”
The codebreaking achieved at Bletchley Park saved as many as 22m people according to Black, who was astonished at how little was known about it in the general populace, even that it was a museum at all.
Add to the fact it was “teetering on a financial knife edge”, Black was called into action.
Words by Gordon Hunt