86 year old Bletchley Park bombe operator WRN Ruth Bourne, captivated her audience last night as we gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day at MK Community Foundation’s dinner in Bletchley Park’s Mansion.
It was interesting to hear her describe her experiences – the work itself, expectations and the secrecy that surrounded the whole site. Indeed it wasn’t until the 70s that she finally understood the part that she had played.
Ruth had us all laughing as she described the female/male staff ratio as 75% women to 25% ‘seriously clever’ men. “For the men the odds were good, but for the women the goods were odd!”
The event began with tours of the code breaker huts and following dinner and Ruth’s talk, ended with Julia Upton of MK Community Foundation reminding us of the importance of the charity within the community, and specifically in relation to women.
It was a great event and a pleasure to have been invited.
If you’ve not been to Bletchley Park yet then you’re in for a real treat, and once bought your day ticket can be upgraded free of charge to an Annual Season Ticket, giving you unlimited free return visits for 12 months.
Well worth a trip.