SCL event: Dr Sue Black OBE discusses "Saving Bletchley Park" - Wednesday 1 February 2017, London

When: 01/02/2017

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Non-member: £30.00
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Hosted and sponsored by 4 Pump Court

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017
4 Pump Court, Temple, London, EC4Y 7AN.  Map
Time: 6.15 to 7.15 pm (Registration from 5.45 pm)

Terry Bergin QC,
4 Pump Court

Dr Sue Black OBE

Bletchley Park is one of the UK's most important sites of historical significance. The work done by the codebreakers who worked there underscored every military operation of WWII helping to shorten the war and save millions of lives. But once hostilities had ended, Bletchley Park fell into a slow decline, a situation made worse by the fact that everyone who had worked there was sworn to secrecy. No one would ever know about the astonishing contribution the codebreakers made to the war effort. No one would hear about the astonishing technological breakthroughs that were made – including the creation of the world's first programmable computer. The site fell into ruin and soon there was talk of shopping centres and housing estates ...
But then Dr Sue Black visited the site and picked up the reins of a small but passionate campaign to save Bletchley Park for the nation. For several years she campaigned tirelessly, raising money and awareness and was instrumental in securing the Alan Turing papers for the nation.

For this event, Sue will discuss the significance of the site, its historical importance, and what she learned on the journey while writing Saving Bletchley Park.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

Speaker Details:
Dr Sue Black
left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. She set up the UK's first online network for women in tech BCSWomen and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park.

Sue was awarded an OBE for "services to technology" in the 2016 Queen's New Year's Honours list. She is now a UK government advisor, thought leader, honorary professor of computer science at UCL, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Her current startup #techmums teaches mums tech skills enabling them to become tech savvy. Sue now has 4 children and has recently become a grandmother.

Sue's first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011, it is an Amazon UK bestseller.

Administration notes:

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