• Britain's intelligence agency, GCHQ, has turned 100 years old.
  • To mark the occasion, it revealed unseen artefacts from its history at a "Top Secret" exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
  • There is even a phone used by GCHQ's longest serving customer, the Queen, who used it to secure her communications.
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Britain's intelligence agency, GCHQ, has turned 100 years old. To mark the occasion, it revealed unseen artefacts from its history at a "Top Secret" exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

The exhibition reveals a century’s worth of intelligence gathered through phones, ferreted recording devices and secret dust. 

"For the first time the public will be given a glimpse into our secret history of amazing intelligence, world-leading innovation, and most of all brilliant people. And - as the threats to the UK become more diverse and more complex - it's a chance to encourage the next generation of recruits. Because at GCHQ we believe that with the right mix of minds, anything is possible,” Jeremy Fleming, Director GCHQ.

The exhibition takes visitors through the history of espionage, including the role Alan Turing and Bletchley Park played in breaking the Enigma code during World War II, revealing spy-craft developed during the Cold War, and investigating the technologies that will help keep the UK safe into the future.

There is even a phone used by GCHQ's longest serving customer, the Queen, who used it to secure her communications.

Visitors can also hear from the individuals carrying out top secret work today to defend against terror attacks and serious crime, and discover the challenges of maintaining digital security.

There is also the opportunity to challenge friends and family to codebreaker challenges in an interactive puzzle zone.

The changing threats the country faces will demand ever more of the ingenuity for which GCHQ is renowned. From its inception, the agency has valued different perspectives and diversity of skills, and GCHQ's history is full of ordinary people solving extraordinary problems.


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