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"Women Codebreakers at Bletchley Park" - New Book by Kerry Howard

"Women Codebreakers at Bletchley Park" - New Book by Kerry Howard

In the Feb 2015 article, "Deciphering the legacy of women codebreakers in World War II," on SiliconRepublic.com, author and historian Kerry Howard is interviewed regarding her new book, Women Codebreakers at Bletchley Park.

In the interview, Howard shares how the secretive nature of the code-breaking activities at Bletchley Park really drew her in.

“That fascinated me,” she says. “How can you have so many people keeping that secret - imagine it now, it would never happen - effectively 10,000 people going in and out of the site, that was just phenomenal.”

Howard's latest book, Women Codebreakers at Bletchley Park, explores the lives and works of Margaret Rock, Mavis Lever, and Joan Clarke (as they were then called) and contains previously unpublished photographs.

Howard’s interest in Bletchley Park was initially sparked when she read Enigma by Robert Harris, and she has since written several articles and books based on primary source material from and about the historic site, where she volunteered to work in the archives.

Howard stresses the fact that cracking the codes at Bletchley was very much a team effort and she also highlights the social history there. Finally, she discusses the future aspects of information gathering for a book such as hers. Although she was able to pour through papers and diaries, in this digital age, what will be available for future researchers to discover?

Read the full article on SiliconRepublic.com.

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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.