Sunday, 11 December 2016

A Beret for Bletchley Park

Last weekend I ticked off a UK tourist attraction that I've wanted to visit since it opened in 2014 - Bletchey Park.  A site of national importance, Bletchley Park played a pivotal role in WWII, when it was the centre of code-breaking.  Public interest in the site has increased since the films Enigma and The Imitation Game, and writers such as Eileen Younghusband have written about their roles at the site.  Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the once derelict site - that shockingly was at risk of being flattened to make way for a supermarket(!) - was saved, and has been sympathetically restored.  It was a cold, dark and dank December day when we visited, which made it all the more atmospheric.  I wore the cosy brushed cotton Lisa dress from Seamstress of Bloomsbury, which fittingly is based on an original 1940s' pattern.

Bletchley

Bletchley

Bletchley

Bletchley

Bletchley
Dress: Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Coat: Vintage 1940s' Redingote, charity shop
Faux fur collar: (Attached to cardigan underneath), F&F at Tesco
Boots: Jones the Bootmaker
Beret: Accessorize
Gloves: M&S, charity shop
Bag: Gift

Bletchley

Bletchley

Bletchley
Coat: Vintage, Dunn & Co., charity shop
Cap: Christy's, car boot sale
Suit: Vintage Burton's suit, car boot sale
Shoes: Sanders, 'George' boots, Ebay outlet Army Surplus
Scarf: Charity shop

Bletchley

Bletchley

I won't give away too much about the site in case you are planning to visit yourself, but it's all very well done.  The great thing is the choice of how information is presented, in written, audio and video formats.  You could visit multiple times and still learn something new.  There's a lot to see on site, and we didn't get to view it all as we'd left it a bit late (and become horribly lost in the maze of roundabouts that make up the greater Milton Keynes area...).  Tickets are valid for a whole year after purchase, so we hope to return in the summer months.  A picnic by the lake, just like staff used to do, sounds like a great idea.

Is Bletchley Park on your list?  I know some of you have already been!

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26 comments:

  1. Looking every inch the part in that last photo! Fabulous outfits. xxx

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    1. It was fun, I think it was more for kids, but you had to decipher the morse code, ha!!

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  2. I'd love to visit.

    You guys look so great! I had to pin your husband's outfit it is so impressive. Truly you both fit in so well with the location.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Aw, my husband was a bit taken aback when I listed all his items about how they were all pretty much thrifted, but I told him my readers think that's a good thing!!

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  3. I love that dress! It's sooo cute! <3 I also really like your beret! <3
    x Angela / missangellane.com

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  4. I'd love to visit someday! It seems there are endless places to visit in the UK, I need to move over there so I can tour around <3 Also your boots are amazing!

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    1. Ah but there are so many places over your side of the world that I'd love to visit too! House swap for a few weeks maybe?! The boots are old but well loved and I wish I'd bought them in the other colours too... x

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  5. Definitely on my list of places to visit and I still haven't got there yet *sigh*

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    1. I'm chipping away at my list, where next though?!

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  6. I can't believe they could even consider destroying a place that played such an important role in history! Bletchley is an incredibly interesting place and I have watched quite a few documentaries about it - one of my favourites involved an elderly couple that both worked there in different departments during the war and that was where they met and fell in love. The whole time they worked there they managed to never tell the other about the work that they were involved in and I thought that was pretty impressive - imagine not being able to come home from work and talk about the day you had with your partner! But yes, I'm glad they decided to restore such a major landmark that was involved in us winning the war! I also didn't mind the film Imitation Game - but I am a pretty big Kiera Knightley fan and the outfits that she wears in the film are gorgeous too :P

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    1. I was so shocked when I read about the proposed plan to flatten it. Apparently it was only because the press got wind of it that things turned out differently. I do marvel at just how secret it was all kept, people really did take it to their graves. x

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  7. On my list but I've never been. It's not even that far from me so I don't have an excuse! I do think we'll go some day. You look right at home :) xx

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    1. It's worth a trip, and if it's close to you then you could definitely make use of the ticket more than once in a year. Nice lakeside location for outfits if it was sunny!! xx

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  8. I've never been, but it looks really interesting. It's so good to know it wasn't turned into yet another sodding supermarket - aren't there enough already?!

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  9. Wow what a beautiful place to visit and take photos at...so much history there!
    Love the outfit your wearing as well! :)

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  10. It looks like an interesting place to visit, and what a relief it was saved from the awful fate of being turned into a supermarket! You're both looking the part in your outfits and I love that last photo of you. xxx

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  11. You both look lovely, and that looks like a wonderful place to visit. I really enjoyed the show Bletchley Circle, which was my first exposure to the work done at Bletchley.

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  12. I rather fancy a trip to Bletchley. Even more now! A tip of the hat to your husband, he looks splendid, as do you of course.

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  13. Bletchley has been on my list for a while and my Dad has promised to go with me as it's one of his must-see places too. You look as lovely as ever, good to see the coat is becoming a firm favourite. Still can't believe what an amazing find that was! And hubby looks rather dapper too! xx

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  14. That is such a relief that this beautiful place was saved! I am loving your outfit, I have that dress but wish I had sized up - it looks so good on you!! That coat and beret work so well with the dress too... And those boots, ahhh they are amazing! Looks like a good time x

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    1. I've found SOB to be a little inconsistent with the sizing, I too have found my usual size too small in some styles. This one was ok though. I bet you don't get to wear yours often though seeing as you live in a hot climate?! x

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  15. I visited Bletchley Park last summer and I loved it! It was one of my favourite places to visit while in England. (It looks like you chose a good day to visit too, as when I was there it was crammed with a billion people!)
    Perfect and classy outfit too. That pink collar is so fun, the flower on the beret is pretty, and the lace up boots are to die for!
    The Artyologist

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  16. Such a gorgeous outfit. I love the dress you wore for the occasion. Your husband looked very dapper as well. Looks like such a great place to visit. I hope you will be able to go back for your picnic at the lake! <3

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  17. I would really like to visit Bletchley, I bet it is fascinating. I have read a number of books about people who worked there. It amazes me that it was successfully kept so secret.

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  18. I would love to go! Definitly on my list of places to visit! And don't you and the hubby look glam for your visit! Such a dapper gentleman you have there!

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