Government shuns Bletchley Park appeal

The IT community could be forced to dig deep to preserve its heritage after the government yesterday refused funding for the restoration of Bletchley Park, the birthplace of British computing.

Politicians, mired in sleaze scandals, refused to help Bletchley Park, the wartime Station X, where the German Enigma code was broken. Bletchley Park now houses the National Museum of Computing, but its trustees are struggling to overcome many years when the buildings were neglected.

Simon Greenish, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust said, “The Trust’s business plan is a solid one and establishes that once capital building works are complete and the museum has been developed, bringing in substantially more visitors, Bletchley Park will be self-supporting.

“Given the significant impact of Bletchley Park’s wartime work on the outcome of World War Two and the way we all live today, I am disappointed at the negative Government response.”

The Trust hopes to win substantial funding from the Lottery “to develop the site into the world-class education and heritage centre it deserves to be.”

However, IT organisations that wish to contribute to the fund can contact Bletchley Park here, and individuals wishing to make a donation can do so here.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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