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Raytheon, 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 is partnering 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 secret history of the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency is full of fascinating inventions and historical figures,” said Richard Daniel, chief executive of Raytheon UK. “This is the latest contribution Raytheon UK has made to inspire the next generation of young cyber experts and help the UK to bridge its long-term STEM skills gaps.”

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’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 a three-day workshop on security skills, as well as bursaries in support of cyber specialist education, workshops and mini-camps.

This year, Raytheon will re-launch its nationwide competition for schoolchildren to design and fly their own quadcopters.

Published On: 06/04/2019
Last Updated: 02/25/2021