On Sunday, 3 March, the LIV were pushed back into the time of codes and ciphers, leading up to a once in a life-time experience: to type on a real Enigma Machine from World War II.
With a good deal of interest and excitement for the world of espionage and codes, the girls were first told of how the Government Code and Cypher School first made its home at Bletchley Park during the war. With highly classified and important codes and information (or “Ultra” as Churchill coined), the girls learned how vital the work being done at Bletchley Park was. Covering codes and their importance, they then worked to understand and break ciphers. Starting with simple Caesar Ciphers, they move onto more difficult and complicated groupings, eventually creating their own ideas of how it can be done. With a few ciphers made themselves and the challenge of breaking some messages, the girls were then lead into the workings of the Enigma Code Machine, and took turns typing a message. The fascination and history of the Enigma sparked a great deal of imagination and interest, and will definitely be remembered!