Learning about the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) members of Bletchley Park inspired a conversation about significant women in history. The name and story of Noor Inayat Khan was then mentioned. This ignited research about Khan’s life and her role as an Hon. Assistant Section Officer for the Special Operations Executive.
In this podcast, Anika Begum, New Museum School trainee at Bletchley Park discusses the importance of Khan’s intelligence work in aiding the resistance movement in France during the Second World War.
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Anika was based at Bletchley Park, a museum dedicated to the codebreakers of WW2. She worked in departments such as the Learning team throughout her traineeship, experiencing first-hand how the teams all help to run an important heritage site. She is interested in museum education and how it is used to learn about the past.
Anika graduated from the University of Leicester where she studied History. She enjoyed the New Museum School sessions as she supports the movement to increase representation in the Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors. She also wants more stories to be told about significant and inspiring people from the past, which has inspired her research for a podcast she created for the New Museum School.
Anika believes that History is not owned by a select few, but rather it belongs to everyone, to learn from and explore.