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Scarborough’s Secret Wireless Station

Dr David Abrutat

Scarborough’s Secret Wireless Station: GCHQ Irton Moor

Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Saturday 17th July 2021, 3:30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00 (+ Booking Fee)

Scarborough’s ‘wireless station’ had humble beginnings in 1912 as one of the first Admiralty interception sites on the East Coast working against the German High Seas Fleet, which would prove invaluable during the First World War. It would go on to be part of the vast signals intelligence network linked to Bletchley Park in the Second World War and then became part of the post-war GCHQ. While shrouded in secrecy some of its operational successes have been declassified, and the site is now pioneering new approaches to recruiting the next generation of technical specialists

About the speaker

Scarborough born adventurer Dr David Abrutat is a former academic and Royal Marines Commando. He has long had an interest in Second World War history and has two published books to his name. Shortly after acquiring a Commission with the RAF Regiment he was nearly killed in a car accident. He went on to join GCHQ in Cheltenham and is now their Departmental Historian. He sits on the Council for the Royal Marines Historical Society (RMHS) and the Bletchley Park Historical Advisory Group.