24th Oct, 2016

War secrets are to fly out of the bag

Evesham Editorial 30th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

ASPIRING code breakers are being invited to an event at the Almonry to discover more about the secret methods used during the First and Second World Wars.

The popular centre aims to show adults and children alike how to make, decipher and break codes and secret messages using methods pioneered during the conflicts.

Visitors can find out more tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am when staff will be joined by one man and his pigeons to show how the birds ensured vital messages from the Government made it to the front line.

There will even be a chance to send your own message via pigeon while visitors can also get to grips with Morse Code.

From 1pm to 3pm, visitors can learn more about codes and ciphers with a visit from the team at GCHQ who will also bring along a genuine encryption machine for visitors to try and create their own cipher messages with.

Children will be able to try their hand at creating secret messages on an encryption system from the Ancient Greeks.

Items on display will include original First World War codebooks, a pigeon parachute and decrypts from Bletchley Park

The activities themselves are free but usual admission charges apply for the event which runs from 10am to 4pm and is supported by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association and GCHQ.

Call Tonia Collett on 01386 446944 for more information.