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Libraries highlight censorship with Banned Books Week

What do Alice in Wonderland, blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice have in common? They’ve all fallen foul of censorship.

The titles are examples of books chosen by Central Bedfordshire libraries to highlight national Banned Book Week Sunday 22 September – Saturday 28 September.

This year’s theme is ‘Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.’

Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be promoting the week by highlighting banned books and the reason they have been censored.

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The National Museum of Computing displays early Open University computers

The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park is marking the 50th anniversary of The Open University (OU) with a new display celebrating its early technology. The display is open to visitors to the museum on Bletchley Park until 31 December 2019.

The OU developed several innovative methods to enable its students to study on computers in their own homes before personal computers were the norm and the internet became commonplace.

The exhibition offers an opportunity to see six of these machines.

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The role of Colossus and D-Day

Seventy-five years on from D-Day, information is still coming to light to show the role of Colossus and the breaking of Lorenz, Hitler’s most secret cipher.

On 28 September 2019 at 2.30 pm, in Block H, the home of Colossus, Mark Priestley and Gavin Clarke will reveal the pressures codebreakers worked under in the run-up to D-Day and the difficult choices they had to make in deciding what Lorenz messages to tackle.

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