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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Easter at Hurst Castle

This Easter Hurst Castle are putting on something different for all of the family.

It will be well worth the ferry ride to Hurst Castle on Easter Saturday and Sunday because this very popular and unique venue is hosting a special event which promises to be of interest to every member of the family.

For the first time anywhere in the south, visitors will be able to see an Enigma machine which was used during WW2 for breaking German secret codes. The machine will be part of a display presented by Bletchley Park Post Office and Home Front History, the Hampshire based (not for profit) Education and History social enterprise.

Living History re-enactors playing the role of wartime code-breakers will feature as part of the display and visitors will be shown how codes were read and used to help win the war.

Other characters from the ‘Home Front’ will also be present and will mix and mingle with visitors. Live music is being provided by Victory Arms, a husband and wife duo who sing original songs from the Blitz era and an acclaimed photographic exhibition, History in Camera will show how re-enacting creates a link with the past.

There is also storytelling and the launch of a new book, Moonlight Serenade, which is a tale of secrecy and romance, based on real events at Bletchley Park (the home of the code-breakers) during WW2. Other entertainment is also planned.

Hurst Castle is accessible by the Keyhaven ferry from Saltgrass Lane, Milford on Sea, Hampshire SO41 0TP

This is an event not to be missed so for more information contact homefronthistory@btinternet.com when one of the organisers will be pleased to help.

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