Buckinghamshire-based Bletchley Park has announced it will open a major new exhibition featuring film and displays in spring 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
This audio-visual experience, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion will be located in the newly restored Teleprinter Building at the historic World War Two site. BT has partnered with both the restoration of the building and the creation of the exhibition.
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 6th June 1944 with precise detail.
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 Teleprinter Building at Bletchley Park was a key wartime communications hub. The latest phase of restoration has revealed new insights into the buildings constructed at Bletchley Park during World War Two.
As well as the wooden huts used to house people and the industrial blocks built in the latter part of the war, a third family of buildings has now been identified - the ‘Machine Buildings’ of Teleprinter Building, and Huts 11 and 11A.
These were predominantly windowless, reinforced concrete buildings with a flat roof, specifically designed to house important machinery. When the exhibition opens in 2019, groups will be able to see these in a whole new light.
Visitors will also be able to learn all about the codebreaking operations at Bletchley Park, its historic communications network and digital computers.
Entrance to the new exhibition will be included in the general admission ticket price – GTOs can take advantage of discounted rates for parties of 12 or more people.
For further information visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk.