Founded just before the start of World War II, Bletchley Park is one of the United Kingdom’s most important historical organizations. What was then a government code-breaking facility is now an education attraction celebrating the pivotal role that some of the best and brightest minds in the areas of code-breaking, telephony and electrical-engineering in the UK played in the eventual Allied Forces victory. Historians credit the intelligence gathered at Bletchley Park, which earned the codename “Ultra,” with shortening the war by two, if not by four, years.
Much of the decryption work performed to decipher messages that had been encrypted using the Enigma, a German-created cipher machine, was aided by the brilliant Alan Turing – now widely regarded as the father of modern-day computing.
Through the joint efforts of Bletchley Park and Hyland, creator of OnBase, a digitization project aims to turn the many wartime artifacts housed at Bletchley Park into a fully indexed, searchable digital archive. Upon completion, more than 500,000 artifacts, including the coded intercept messages, photos, transcripts, and much more, will be available to the public via a visit to the facility or the Bletchley Park website.