As part of this year's nationwide celebrations marking the centenary of Alan Turing's birth, the Science Museum in London will be opening a special exhibition dedicated to his life and work.
Called "Codebreaker - Alan Turing's life and legacy", this year-long exhibition, which opens on 21 June 2012, will present the most extensive collection of Turing artefacts assembled under one roof, including several loaned by GCHQ, such as a four-rotor Naval Enigma cipher machine, two Bombe wheels from a checking machine and an Enigma working aid.
In addition there will be screenings of a recorded interview about Turing's wartime career with the GCHQ Historian, plus three members of GCHQ staff have devised a series of entertaining code-breaking challenges for secondary school children, based on the life of Alan Turing. These will be run on the Science Museum website at:
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The Bombe was an electro-mechanical machine developed by Turing that greatly reduced the time taken to recover the German Enigma keys.