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Code-breaking and Collegiality: the career of Sir Harry Hinsley

Harry Hinsley in 1969
Harry Hinsley in 1969
Wed, 24/01/2018 - Fri, 20/04/2018

Widely known for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, and for his writings on the history of twentieth-century diplomacy and intelligence, Harry Hinsley was also Master of St John’s in the 1980s. In this new exhibition, contemporary letters and papers from the Library's Special Collections offer insight into the life of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park and the role that their vital secret work played in the shortening of the war. Hinsley’s own words shed light on the part he played at that critical time, as well as on his perspective on wider international relations and his history teaching within the University.

Documents from the College Archives also create a fascinating picture of life at St John’s during Hinsley’s Mastership: a period which saw significantly updated teaching and leisure facilities provided by the new Fisher Building, and perhaps the most significant development in the College’s recent history – the admission of women.

The exhibition runs from 24 January to 20 April 2018 and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm in the Library Exhibition Area (entrance is via the Working Library in Chapel Court).