Science Mu­seum, Lon­don Show­ing un­til: 23 Fe­bru­ary 2020

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

The Science Mu­seum has launched a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­tel­li­gence and cy­ber security over the course of 100 years.

Top Se­cret: From ci­phers to cy­ber security marks the cen­te­nary of GCHQ, the UK’s In­tel­li­gence, Security and Cy­ber agency. Through never-be­fore-seen ob­jects, in­ter­ac­tive puz­zles and first­per­son in­ter­views, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the chal­lenges of main­tain­ing digital security in the 21st cen­tury and the unique technologi­es used through­out the his­tory of one of the UK’s in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

Amongst the 100 ob­jects in the ex­hi­bi­tion that re­veal fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­tel­li­gence and cy­ber security from the last cen­tury, are ci­pher ma­chines used dur­ing WWII, se­cure tele­phones of the type used by Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ters, and an en­cryp­tion key used by Her Majesty The Queen.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also in­cludes the story of the en­cryp­tion tech­nol­ogy used by the Krogers who, un­til their ar­rest in the 1960s, were part of the most suc­cess­ful Soviet spy ring in Cold War Bri­tain. An in­ter­ac­tive puz­zle zone within the ex­hi­bi­tion gives visi­tors the opportunit­y to test their own code break­ing skills.

Enigma ma­chine M1070

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