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Raytheon UK, Science Museum Group partner for 'Top Secret' exhibition

The Enigma M1070, a Nazi cypher machine from World War II. It will be on display at the exhibition. (Photo: The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, GCHQ)

Raytheon UK is continuing its partnership with the Science Museum Group, serving as principal sponsor of a new exhibition on a century’s worth of communications intelligence and cybersecurity.

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security will open at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester in 2021, after a hugely successful premiere at the Science Museum in London in 2019.

The exhibition traces the 100-year history of GCHQ, including the evolution of the tactics, gadgets and devices used from WWI to the digital age. Visitors can explore the story of computer pioneer Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who cracked the Nazi Enigma code, uncover spy-craft from the Cold War and test their skills in the museum’s interactive puzzle zone.

The story of how GCHQ has protected the nation over the past century is full of intriguing secrets and fascinating figures from history,” said Jeff Lewis, chief executive of Raytheon UK. "Helping to bring this important exhibition to Manchester is a perfect way for us to celebrate the city's growing reputation as a cyber security and intelligence hub."

Visitors will also hear from current GCHQ staff who perform top secret work to maintain digital security, critical in the defence against terror attacks and crime.

“We are grateful to Raytheon for their support, which has enabled us to make Top Secret free for all visitors at the Science Museum in London and Science and Industry Museum in Manchester,” said Sir Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group. “In doing so, we hope to engage even more people with this important exhibition and the intelligence sector.”

Raytheon UK’s support for "Top Secret" is part of an ongoing commitment to inspire a new generation of STEM students. The company also sponsors a Cyber Academy, which provides university students with workshops on security skills, as well as bursaries in support of cyber specialist education, workshops and mini-camps.

This year, Raytheon UK has also re-launched its nationwide competition for schoolchildren to design and fly their own quadcopters.

Published On: 06/04/2019
Last Updated: 04/27/2021