Science Museum, London Showing until: 23 February 2020
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