Free Family fun: Top Secret exhibition at the Science Museum London 10 July 2019 – 23 February 2020 – London Mums’ review
- Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 10:38
- Last Updated on 12 July 2019
- Monica Costa
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The summer blockbuster exhibition at the Science Museum in London Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security opens its doors today. It’s an Inspirational journey for families through British intelligence. An educational and insightful exhibition for kids and parents alike that shows never-seen-before objects to reveal the real life of spies, secret agents and government activities to protect citizens from harmful and criminal acts.
Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency.
This ground-breaking exhibition explores a century’s worth of communications intelligence through previously unseen artefacts from the incredible collections of GCHQ and the Science Museum Group, and showcases the rich personal and technological stories that underpin secret and secure communications past, present, and future.
Spy stuff and code-breaking are so fascinating for kids as much as for adults.
From the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cyber security, Top Secret explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files, previously unseen artefacts, gadgets and devices used to conceal crucial messages and to decode the secrets of others.
There are fascinating testimonials from GCHQ staff doing top secret work to defend against terror attacks and serious crime. They also reveal the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century.
I enjoyed the fascinating story of Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941. My favourite section was probably the one dedicated to the ultimate secretive project, the so-called Zircon affair. It was an incident in 1986 and 1987 caused by the planned broadcast on the BBC of a television programme about the ultimately cancelled Zircon signals intelligence satellite, as part of the six-part Secret Society series. It raised many important issues in the British constitution particularly concerning parliamentary privilege and funding of secret intelligence projects.
Info at a glance
FREE SPECIAL EXHIBITION
DATE: 10 July 2019 – 23 February 2020
PRICE: Free—booking required
LOCATION: Basement Gallery, Level –1 – Science Museum London
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums