Special stamps

A COMMEMORATIVE special sheet of postage stamps was available at the Museum of Army Flying Home Front Christmas event last weekend.

Home Front History UK teamed up with Bletchley Park’s secret post office for this unique collector’s sheet of Royal Mail stamps. They are designed to be framed as a display piece and only 500 numbered sheets have been released.

Called The Home Front Remembered it is a tribute to those who served on the Home Front during World War Two.

Re-enactors who feature on the stamps were at the event in Middle Wallop demonstrating how Bletchley Park’s code breakers cracked the Enigma code.

Bletchley Park author and tour guide, Philomena Liggins, was also telling ghost stories from the 1940’s and signing her new Bletchley Park book Footprints.

The Bletchley Park Post Office display revealed how even the code breakers’ Christmas mail had to be kept top secret.

Around 9,000 people from the armed services and civilians were working at Bletchley Park at the height of the codebreaking efforts in January 1945, and over 12,000 (of whom more than 80 per cent were women) worked there at some point during the war.

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