Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Did you know?

Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

GCHQ pays tribute to former director Sir Arthur (Bill) Bonsall who has died aged 97

GCHQ pays tribute to former director Sir Arthur (Bill) Bonsall who has died aged 97

GCHQ pays tribute to former director Sir Arthur (Bill) Bonsall who has died aged 97
from the Gloucestershire Echo | Posted: December 01, 2014

Read the full article

Excerpt:

GCHQ has paid tribute to their former director of GCHQ, Sir Arthur Bonsall, who has died at the age of 97. [26 Nov 2014]

He was director of the Cheltenham listening post from 1973 to 1978. He was also the last director to have served at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

'Bill' Bonsall graduated from St Catharine's College Cambridge in the summer of 1939 but was assessed as unfit for military service.

He was recommended through the University Proctor for sensitive work, and was interviewed in St John's College in October 1939 by A G Denniston, Head of the Government Code & Cypher School (GCHQ's name until 1946) and John Tiltman, the cryptanalyst, and accepted for work at Bletchley Park.

He arrived at Bletchley and joined the organisation on New Year's Eve 1939, and began work the next day. He was assigned to work on German Air Force (GAF) traffic, in particular their low level tactical codes. (He had a mission to the end to contradict the myth that Bletchley Park was 'all about Enigma'.)

Click to Return to our Home Page
Click the link below to visit the Cryptologic Bytes Archives page.

THIS MONTH on the

On This Day In History

Calendar

  • DoD Directive established DEFSMAC (Defense Special Missile and Astronautics Center). It was renamed in 2002 changing “Astronautics” to “Aerospace.” DEFSMAC is a joint NSA-DIA-NGA organization headquartered at NSA. Its mission is to coordinate the collection of intelligence information from foreign missiles and satellites.

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.