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AV brings wartime memories to life

InAVate examines how integrator DJ Willrich brought to life the atmosphere of 1940s wartime Britain at a once top-secret facility turned tourist attraction.

Bletchley Park, which played a critical part in the Allied efforts in World War 2, has been brought back to life with the help of system integrator DJ Willrich.

Situated near Milton Keynes to the northwest of London, the site was the main location for the British Code and Cypher School which intercepted and deciphered the secret communications of the Axis powers. Without the work carried out at the top secret location, it has been said, the war would have lasted between two and four years longer. In the decades following the war the buildings were put into other use until the 1990s, when they were left empty and deteriorating.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, funding was raised to restore the site and create museums to showcase both the code-cracking work done there and the computers used in the process (the first purpose-built computer, Colossus, is located here).

Continue reading the Case Study in the digital edition of InAVate here.