New Code Breaking Exhibit opens in North East England

Visitors are being given the chance to test out their code breaking skills in the latest exhibition to open at The Word. Cracked! showcases the varying ways people communicated in secret to pass on messages to each other throughout the years. The event will run until the 2nd June 2019

The exhibit is a cryptic journey from the earliest examples of codes and ciphers, looking at methods of secret communication used during war times before exploring how modern technology uses code to allow people to communicate safely today. Visitors will have the chance to test out their own code breaking skills using a Caesar Wheel as well attempt to try to communicate a message to friends using Flag Semaphore at the Code Station. Ciphers and codes that have remained unsolved and still a mystery to cryptologists, are also highlighted as part of the exhibition. It also features military communications such as Morse Code and the famous Engima machine, which heralded the emergence of computing.

The further we delved into this subject, the more fascinating the facts we uncovered. Particularly, we were amazed at just how sophisticated some of the early forms of codes were. So much so, in fact, a few have still not been solved to this day.

We think anyone who enjoys solving puzzles and perhaps giving their brain a gentle workout will find something interesting and intriguing in this exhibition.
— Jon Ternent, Head of Design at Sheridan Design