Bletchley Park Roll of Honour Celebrates Five Years

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In five years the Bletchley Park Trust has gathered a multitude of memories from many of the nearly 11,000 men and women who worked as part of the Government Code and Cypher School’s top secret intelligence operation during World War Two.

The Roll of Honour, which has been online and fully searchable since 2013, aims to record all those who worked at Bletchley Park and its outstations during WW2. The more Veterans and their families tell the Bletchley Park Trust about the work they carried out, the richer this vital archive will become. It is largely dependent on information given by the Veterans themselves as well as their loved ones and former colleagues. The information is subject to checks before being published, but with scarcity and secrecy shrouding official records, contributions from Veterans and their families are crucial. The Trust welcomes written accounts of their wartime work too – without these, this Roll of Honour would simply be a list of names.

The accompanying Oral History Project is a rolling programme of interviews carried out in Veterans’ own homes by a team of volunteers. Jonathan Byrne, Bletchley Park’s Oral History Officer, says “The number of times I’ve been on the phone to someone and they say they don’t remember much about it, then they launch into some fascinating anecdote, so you know they’re going to be worth a visit with the recorder. It all comes back. They love talking about it, which is why we enjoy doing it so much.”

The Roll of Honour is also searchable on two touch-screen podiums at Bletchley Park itself, allowing visitors with a Codebreaker in their family to view the records in the very buildings where they carried out their war work.

You can hear more from Jonathan about five years of the Roll of Honour and Oral History Project in the Bletchley Park Podcast, Episode 36, out on 10 July on the Bletchley Park website, Audioboom’s Bletchley Park Channel and iTunes.