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Saturday 24 November 2012 - open end

At the event of the 55th anniversary of the Faculty of Science of the Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands), an open day was held on Saturday 24 November 2012. At this event, Crypto Museum was present with a nice collection of historical cipher equipment, ranging from WW-II to the present day. Highlight of the exhibition was a WWII 3-wheel Enigma machine.

For this event, five glass display cabinets were installed on the 2nd floor of the building, the home of the Computing Science Department. The image on the right shows Marc Simons and Paul Reuvers after finishing the installation of the exhibits. The Enigma machine is just visible in the high display, together with some wheels.

Also on display was an extremely rare Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine, built in the 1950s as an improved version of the Enigma. The Fialka was used for many years during the Cold War, and is still in service is some countries (Cuba).
Marc Simons and Paul Reuvers (Crypto Museum) in front of the displays. Photograph by Prof. Dr. Bart Jacobs.

In the other cases are manual cipher devices, such as slide rulers and cipher discs, a collection of mechanical Hagelin cipher machines, crypto telephones and equipment developed by Dutch Manufacturer Philips Crypto. The event was visited by a lot of people, and the mini-exhibition attracted, of course, a lot of attention. For many elderly visitors it truely was a deja-vu.

Because of the success of the exhibition, Crypto Museum and Radboud University have decided to keep the exhibition open for an undetermined period of time. All machines, except for the Enigma machine, will remain on display at the Computing Science Department of the Faculty of Science for at least the next few months. The exhibition will be refreshed regularly (see below).

Currently on display
25 January 2013

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