'Alan Turing's Wilmslow'


A free public meeting has been arranged offering guests the opportunity to learn more about one of Wilmslow's most famous former residents.

Jonathan Swinton author of "Alan Turing's Manchester" will speak about the World War II code breaker, who was a key figure in cracking Germany's Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II.

The meeting is being co-hosted by Wilmslow Historical Society and Wilmslow Civic Trust and will take place at Wilmslow High School on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.15pm.

Chair of the Historical Society David Briggs said "Whenever we ask on our Town History Tours who is Wilmslow's most distinguished resident, the answer is always the same, it's Alan Turing. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the Civic Trust on this important new venture."

Stuart Kinsey, the Civic Trust Chairman said " We are really looking forward to this event and I hope everyone will really enjoy it. Come along and hear about some of the ground breaking work Turing did while living here, work which will be of continuing importance in the future. Everyone is welcome so please come along."

The meeting is part of the Turing Town Initiative, which has sponsored a portrait of Alan Turing now in Wilmslow Library.

Project Chair Cllr Jon Kelly said, "There is a growing feeling that we should celebrate and commemorate his time and achievements here in Wilmslow. At the meeting we will being launching a two-month long consultation exercise to hear people's innovative ideas how we might do this, ideas big and small that could be pursued by individuals, clubs or organisations. Watch out, both online and when out and about in the town, how you can participate."

Photo: Jonathan Swift author of Alan Turing's Manchester



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stuart Redgard
Sunday 20th February 2022 at 1:15 pm
Is this a ticketed event as I can see it being very poular?
Lisa Reeves
Sunday 20th February 2022 at 9:11 pm
Hi Stuart

I asked Jon Kelly and he responded "The capacity of the High School Hall is 200, at present we are not anticipating filling it but we are keeping an eye on this."
Stuart Redgard
Sunday 20th February 2022 at 10:46 pm
Thanks Lisa
David Robinson
Friday 25th February 2022 at 6:58 pm
Do we have to book or just turn up on the door?
Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 26th February 2022 at 6:39 am
Hi David - just turn up.

There is room for 200 people and the busiest previous event for the Civic Trust is around 60 people.

Therefore, there should be room for everyone.