Generation game at Bletchley Park

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Visitors to Bletchley Park this half term will be transported back to 1941.

Actors will create Living History, talking to visitors while remaining in character, bringing alive the stories of the men and women who cracked codes at the top secret HQ.

And the event will have a special poignancy for one of those actors pulling on the clothes and stepping into the characters from the past.

Sorrel Meechan has been cast as a Wren, and her grandfather was a Bombe Maintainer, giving her a truly personal connection to the story.

Speaking about the role she said: “As soon as I saw that it was at Bletchley Park, I knew I had to apply.

“My whole family were excited, even just about the audition.”

In all, four actors will be in The Mansion throughout next week’s half-term, with others playing a male civilian Codebreaker, an outgoing WAAF and a highliy organised secretary with a taste for gossip.

Naturally, Sorrel’s grandfather is proud of her new job.

“My grandfather was involved in drama as a hobby so, for him, this brings two important parts of his life together.
“He’s delighted,” she added.

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust: “Live performance art in museums is an increasingly popular activity to engage and absorb both adults and children alike in their heritage.

“We are extremely excited this half-term to be offering our visitors the opportunity to observe and interact with a variety of characters and really experience how it would have felt to be at wartime Bletchley Park”.

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