DEHS Autumn conference on Security and Intelligence, 27 November 2019

All places are now booked for this event, to be added to the waiting list, please email Keith Thrower at


To coincide with the Top Secret exhibition at the Science Museum, curator Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Bruton and DEHS President Keith Thrower have been busy organising a DEHS conference with the title ‘Security & Intelligence’ which will take place on Wednesday 27 November.

The Science Museum has kindly allowed the DEHS to hold the conference in their newly opened Smith Centre, located near the front the Science Museum building.

Registration will be at 9.30am for a 10am start. The lectures will finish at 4.30pm. after which we will go through to the Science Museum to view the exhibition ‘Top Secret: from ciphers to cybersecurity’ .

Tours of Top Secret: We can have two tours of the Top Secret exhibition after the symposium – for 25 people each, one at 4.30pm and one at 5pm.  Bookings for tours will be on ‘first come –first served’ basis.  In your reply to, please indicate if you would like a tour and which timeslot. Please indicate if you have previously visited the exhibition and your name will be added to a waiting list.


We have seven confirmed speakers:

  • The Keynote Address at the conference will be given by Tony Comer, the GCHQ Departmental Historian.
  • Professor John Ferris will give a talk on the published history of the GCHQ.
  • Dr David Kenyon, the Bletchley Park historian, will give a talk on the History of Bletchley Park.
  • Dr Helen Fry will give the talk ‘Listening-in: what was discovered from senior German POWs in WW2’.
  • A senior representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) who tell us of the present-day cyber threat.
  • Dr Olga Topol, of the Pilsudski Institute in London, will give a talk on the Enigma Double Machine.
  • Keith Thrower will give a talk on the Fullerphone which was used to provide secure Morse communication across the battlefield in the two World Wars.

Both the IET History of Technology Committee and the Newcomen Society are co-sponsors.