See The Imitation Game exhibition before it’s too late

Margaret Bullen with the Imitation Game Film Poster
Margaret Bullen with the Imitation Game Film Poster

You’ve seen the Oscar winning film, now visit the set and get a rare insight into how the story of genius Codebreaker Alan Turing was brought to life.

Benedict Cumberbatch said “Filming at Bletchley Park was amazing. It was a very important part of the film.”

In the Ballroom and Billiard Rooms of the Mansion, this atmospheric exhibition is all about the making of The Imitation Game, in the very room where the bar scenes were filmed. This stunning exhibition includes costumes worn by the stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, as Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, and Alex Lawther, who played a young Alan in the film.

Fans can pose for a photograph at the very bar where Alan Turing has a Eureka moment and see a real WW2 German Enigma machine like the one used in the film as well as the replica Bombe machine built specially, which Turing names Christopher, after his first love.

Among the many behind the scenes gems are secret documents and intercepts Benedict Cumberbatch stuffs into his socks and trousers to sneak them off site and a copy of the famous crossword puzzle published in The Telegraph.

The Oscar for best adapted screenplay went to Screenwriter Graham Moore. In his moving acceptance speech, Graham said “Stay weird, stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

You can hear Graham’s acceptance speech as well as a behind the scenes interview during filming at Bletchley Park with the Oscar nominated Production Designer Maria Djurkovic and Location Manager David Broder in Episode 36 of the Bletchley Park Podcast, out now.

> Open until November 7