Bletchley Park gets £250K funding

Bletchley Park gets £250K funding

The iconic mansion at Bletchley Park - home to the Station X codebreakers in WWII - can get much-needed repairs thanks to a government grant.

The government has finally recognised Bletchley Park - considered the birthplace of modern computing - as a national treasure, and announced £250,000 of funding to help get the site back on its feet.

Announced today by culture secretary Ben Bradshaw, the funding - from the coffers of the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport - will allow the sadly neglected site to carry out much-needed repairs to the buildings and grounds.

Bletchley Park was the home of the Station X codebreakers during World War II, and is the current home of the Codebreaking Museum - and the site of the National Museum of Computing. The Park was also home to Alan Turing, considered by many to be among the greatest contributors to modern computing in history.

Speaking at the Museum, Bradshaw praised the Bletchley Park Trust for their work, stating that "the work carried out at Bletchley Park had a huge impact on the course of the war, and the museum does a brilliant job in bringing this alive for people of all ages."

The news of the grant will come as a relief for the Trust, who have been attempting to gather funds for restoration and preservation efforts for years with mixed success.

However, the Park requires still more funds: with plans for a £10 million development project over the next few years, the Trust is hoping to receive further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund next year - but will need to raise at least £1 million of its own cash before being considered.

Are you pleased to see an important historical site getting the funding it deserves to preserve the country's heritage, or do you think that the government has more important things to spend its money on? Should the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport have allocated even more money to the Park? Share your thoughts over in the forums.


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NuTech 25th March 2010, 13:14 Quote
Leitchy 25th March 2010, 13:21 Quote
"UNDER EMBARGO - DO NOT PUBLISHED UNTIL 1200" That meant to be at the top of the article? Or am I failing to realise the joke?
AshT 25th March 2010, 13:22 Quote
The more funding the merrier.

I suggest every geek in the UK attend this:
ChromeX 25th March 2010, 13:24 Quote
"DO NOT PUBLISHED" then who was phone?!
geekboyUK 25th March 2010, 13:35 Quote
They're hosting the Vintage Computer Festival on 19th and 20th June too.

Sophie Wilson, co-designer of the BBC micro and developer of the RISC/ARM processor will be there as well as loads of others. Oh Amiga and Atari user groups will be there - nothing like a bit of rivalry ;)
Silver51 25th March 2010, 13:46 Quote
Originally Posted by NuTech

Just in case ze Germans see it and discover that we've decrypted their Enigma code.
CardJoe 25th March 2010, 13:49 Quote

My bad, article fixed
l3v1ck 25th March 2010, 13:59 Quote
Not before time.
julianmartin 25th March 2010, 14:22 Quote
I think it's a crying shame that it has taken this long for Bletchley to be recognised. What a joke of a sum it has been awarded too.
Farfalho 25th March 2010, 21:26 Quote
I'm liking this typos xD
Star*Dagger 25th March 2010, 22:23 Quote
Nice to see it recognized, even if it is with such a tiny sum of money. That is like a rounding error in MoD's budget!
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