Bletchley Park, a country house in Buckinghamshire, was bought by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in 1938 as a site to which the Government Code & Cypher School and MI6 could be evacuated when war came.
The Public Records Act 1958 requires government departments to transfer records to the National Archives 30 years after creation. GCHQ has a blanket exemption from this requirement, but has made voluntary releases which appear on the National Archives catalogue under the HW series.
98-year-old Leslie Greer is the latest recipient of the badge which marks the wartime work undertaken at Bletchley Park. Ms Greer, who now lives in Dublin, was a German linguist at Bletchley Park. Her badge was presented by HMA Dominick Chilcott.
Surviving veterans of Bletchley Park and its outstations can claim a commemorative badge which will be presented to them by GCHQ on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, in recognition of the contribution they made during World War II.
GCHQ launches a new series of placement schemes that will see technology students working alongside world-class technical experts inside the Cheltenham-based intelligence and security agency’s iconic ‘Doughnut’ building.
Visitors to GCHQ frequently ask why the famous Bletchley Park code-breakers came to be located in Cheltenham. The response is usually along the lines of ‘the Cheltenham sites were Ministry-owned property and we had outgrown our previous sites.’