February 10th, 2007 12:13 EST
MI5 Director General, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller opens Spying Exhibition
The Security Service`s Director General, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, was recently given the opportunity to support the Science Museum`s latest educational project, an exciting new exhibition called `The Science of Spying`.
Dame Eliza visited the museum yesterday (Thursday 8 February) to formally open the exhibition. Dame Eliza said:
"I was delighted to be invited to open the `Science of Spying` exhibition. The entertaining programme of exhibits and activities introduces children and parents to some important issues facing our society in the 21st century. Some of the themes of the exhibition are at the forefront of the current work of the Security Service (MI5).
"Visitors are invited to weigh the apparently incompatible demands of privacy and security, as officers of my Service do on a daily basis. You will have the opportunity to think about what developments in technology mean for the verification or falsification of identity. The exhibition is a stimulating and highly enjoyable experience and I invite you all to discover for yourselves the `Science of Spying`."
The exhibition offers children and adults the chance to try out for themselves some of the activities that make up modern-day spying. Visitors get to role-play as a trainee spy, using the latest technologies and going on a `secret undercover mission`. They also get to experience what it is like to be spied upon and are offered a glimpse of the future of surveillance technology.
The exhibition manages to address a number of serious issues surrounding the use of surveillance. Visitors will be invited to think about some of the dilemmas facing a modern-day spy.
The Science of Spying launches at the Science Museum on 10 February 2007. For more information, see www.scienceofspying.com.