Skip to main content

The National Science and Media Museum is open—you can book free museum admission or cinema tickets online in advance.

Last chance to uncover Top Secret exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum  

There’s only two weeks left to uncover the fascinating world of codebreaking, cyber security and secret communications at the free exhibition, Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security at the National Science and Media Museum, before it closes on 5 June.

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security has been created alongside expert advisors from the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency, GCHQ, and will permanently close to the public on Sunday 5 June. This follows its successful run at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and Science Museum in London. 

As part of the final weeks of the exhibition, there will be free family-friendly workshops and drop-in activities to create your own ciphers and to discover the fascinating world of cyber security. As well as a free cyber skills event to learn more about the many skills used in cyber security roles and meet real people working in cyber security in the Bradford area.  

For the final time, visitors can discover more than a century of codebreaking history through extraordinary objects, interactive puzzles and first-person interviews. From the First World War to the latest in cyber security, fascinating stories will be revealed via hand-written documents, declassified files and artefacts from the historic collections of the Science Museum Group and GCHQ.  

The 100+ exhibition objects reveal fascinating historical stories of communications intelligence from the last century, including cipher machines used during the Second World War, secure telephones of the type used by British Prime Ministers, and an encryption key used by Her Majesty The Queen. Other exhibits also chart the more recent history of cyber security and the work of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which works to defend against cyber-attacks. 

Free tickets for Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security are available to book until 5 June via the National Science and Media Museum website. Tickets are free, but booking is recommended. Visitors will also need to book a general admission ticket.  

The exhibition is supported by principal funder, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), which is working to improve cyber security skills and inspire the next generation of cyber professionals. 

Ends

For more information, or images, please contact:  
Brittany Noppe Senior Press Officer  
Brittany.Noppe@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk 01274 203356 
A press pack of images is available to download.

Notes to Editors

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. It draws on more than three million objects from its national collection to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.  
 
The Museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen in the world. Entry to the Museum is free.
  
GCHQ is an intelligence, security and cyber agency with a mission to help keep the UK safe. Its people use cutting-edge technology and technical ingenuity to identify, analyse and disrupt threats in an increasingly digital world. We work closely with MI5, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), law enforcement, the military and international partners to counter real-world and online threats from nation states, criminal groups, terrorists and individuals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ and was set up in October 2016, leads the cyber security mission to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) drives growth, enriches lives and promotes Britain to the world. DCMS is helping to deliver the government's £2.6 billion National Cyber Strategy to protect and promote UK interests in a rapidly evolving online world. This includes strengthening the UK cyber ecosystem by investing in skills and ensuring we have the people to meet our ambitions, now and in the future.  

Part of the Science Museum Group