Talk: A Potted History of GCHQ – and showcasing the Future

Date(s) - 18th Mar 2024

Park Campus


GCHQ has played a major part in the fight against our enemies. But how much do you really know about it? Our expert speaker for this event is Dr David Abrutat who the Departmental Historian from the GCHQ Historical Section.

The talk will be complemented by an exhibition showcasing the projects of architecture and computer game students from the University of Gloucestershire.

David will tell us some of the fascinating stories from the complete history of GCHQ including its time in Cheltenham in the iconic Doughnut. What does the future hold and what will the new cyber Museum encompass? Join us to find out more!

Location: Room TC014, Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

Please click here to download a map of the Campus and directions to Room TC014.

On-site parking is available but please check the signs for charges.

Cost per person: £11, Students free admission.

Non-members welcome.

If you have any questions about the event or booking please phone Alison on 01242 519413 or email

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card can be made using the form below.
  • Bank transfer – please email to let us know you have sent your transfer so that we can send you a booking confirmation. Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH GCHQ.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here ) and post it with your cheque. Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Mrs Alison Pascoe, 77 Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, GL53 7AZ.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Terms & Conditions: When taking part in the talk please follow these guidelines:

  • Please do not attend a talk if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • You are undertaking this event at your own risk



Bookings are now closed for this event.