Enigma Machine is coming to a Horncastle School

QEGS Horncastle
QEGS Horncastle

QEGS is set to play host a working Enigma Machine

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and the Horncastle War Memorial Centre Trustees have announced that a working Enigma Machine will be bought to Horncastle’s Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

This event has been made possible owing to a grant from the Horncastle War Memorial Centre Trust.

The Enigma Machines were a series of electro-mechanical rotor cipher machines, invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius and used most notably in Nazi Germany before and during the Second World War.

The machine will be bought by Dr Grimes from Bletchley Park and students from QEGS, Horncastle Primary and St Andrews Primary will be introduced to the topic of code breaking and the importance of the machine to the outcome of the Second World War.

A full demonstration of the machine will be followed by code breaking workshops for the students throughout the day.

In the evening the Enigma Machine will be available for any interested members of the public to see.

From 7:15 to 8:30pm in the Main Hall at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Dr Grimes will give a presentation about the machine and demonstrate how it works.

Bill Aron Chairman of the War Memorial Centre said “The Trustees have been pleased to fund this learning experience and that QEGS have ensured that as many students as possible will benefit”.

Jenny Bargh, Assistant Head Teacher of QEGS said “ As the HWMCT have grant funded this exciting project there will be no cost for admission but any voluntary contributions towards a memorial sculpture for the School’s garden would be gratefully received”.