Great news that Alan Turing, a man vilified in his lifetime by the establishment and unknown to the public on account of the secrecy surrounding his war work, has just been named the BBC’s Icon of the 20th century. Noting that the BBC’s own website on the subject wrongly claims that Alan Turing invented the computer, here’s the ideal opportunity to learn the true story…on this tour lovingly created by the New Manchester Walks team.
We start at the Manchester University campus to take in the great man’s Chorlton-on-Medlock sites, including the Alan Turing Building (the Maths Department), the building where the computer was invented (but not by Turing!), his office, then make our way towards town to stop at the cinema where it all went wrong for him. We finish at the Alan Turing statue of course.
En route, we outline Turing’s biography, hear about the government’s early attempts at code-breaking, touch on what Alan Turing did during the war at Bletchley, and look at his role at Manchester University after the War, creating the world’s first commercially available computer at Moston (!). We finish by examining in detail Alan Turing’s sad demise, stopping at the site where he is honoured.
* Next tours from the Manchester Museum Reception:
- Sat 23 Mar, 11.30am.
- Easter Monday 22 Apr, 12 noon.
- Sun 12 May, 12 noon.