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St Cross Church, Mobberley Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8EL

Celebrating the early work of Alan Turing as part of Knutsford Heritage Open Days, Gemma May Latham is leading PatternCraft workshops in coding techniques.

Alan Turing – the inventor of the first computer who lived in Wilmslow and whose trial took place in Knutsford – was a brilliant mathematician. He worked for the British Government’s Code and Cypher School and then at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where top-secret work was carried out to decipher the military codes used by Germany and its allies.

PatternCraft is a tool for exploring the fundamentals of encoding and decoding data through the write-once medium of a physical punchcard. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a number of ways that data can be encoded including binary and morse code.

Echoing the work of the Enigma machine, using PatternCraft and Micro:bits, participants will work in teams to decode secret messages…

Opening Times

  • Saturday 9 September: Two workshops (Morning, 10am-12pm or Afternoon, 1pm-3pm)

Booking Details

No booking required


Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional information

St Cross Church is situated to the north east of Knutsford town centre. It is a Grade II* listed building. There are two excellent examples of Edward Burn Jones stained glass windows and visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the church and watch a video about its history.