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An Enigma machine at The Spring

4 March 2015

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre is delighted to announce a special talk by Dr Mark Baldwin which will feature a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines. The talk will take place on Thursday 30 July at 8.00pm.

The fascinating story of how the Allied codebreakers at Bletchley Park discovered the secrets of Enigma is becoming increasingly well known through the film The Imitation Game; their work was of massive significance in the task of winning the War. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of different ways; but once the Allies secured an Enigma machine and the codebreakers set to work, the tide began to turn.

Dr Mark Baldwin has toured extensively in the UK and Europe providing interpretative demonstrations of the Enigma machine; he participated in the Imperial War Museum’s travelling exhibition, and the RAF Cosford Air Show.

The Spring is also screening The Imitation Game, the story of Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberpatch and Keira Knightley, on Wednesday 3 June at 1.45 and 8.00pm.

Tickets for the talk are priced at £14, or £12.60 for concessions. Please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.