Sue Black

Saving Bletchley Park

Sue Black

Talk: Saving Bletchley Park

Sue comes to Google to talk about her book, "Saving Bletchley Park." There have been many histories of Bletchley Park and the heroic work of Alan Turing and the code-breakers, work so important that it changed the course of the Second World War, shortening it by two years. This book tells a different story, of how this intensely iconic historical site was saved using the power of social media and the very computing technology that was born here. To Dr Sue Black's surprise she discovered that ten thousand people worked there during the war, that half of them were women, and that most were in their late teens and twenties. As a woman in computer science herself, she was hugely inspired by their stories.

Sue Black

Dr Sue Black OBE is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through the use of social media, capitalising upon technology as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Saving Bletchley Park: How #socialmedia saved the home of the WWII codebreakers

This is a story about saving Bletchley Park. But it is also the story of the hundreds of people who dedicated twenty years of hard work and determination to the campaign that saved it. It is a testament to the remarkable and mysterious work during World War II that made it a place worth saving.

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