Bletchley desperately seeks funds for renovation
LONDON Bletchley Park, home to the codebreakers of World War Two, is going through a financial crisis. Some of its remaining buildings, where the most important work of the twentieth century took place, are in urgent need of repair.
The iconic Victorian Mansion requires in the region of £1 million (about $2 million) for repairs to the roof and some of the symbolic codebreaking huts are in a desperate state of decay.
The Bletchley Park Trust is a charity with a mission to build a world class Heritage Site and Educational Centre but it receives no ongoing public funding and relies heavily on its revenue streams from conferences, weddings and heritage visitors, as well as from its Science and Innovation Centre, where Bletchley Park has returned to world-leading research after 60 years.
In addition to the Science and Innovation Centre in Blocks A and E, restored and refurbished in partnership with Milton Keynes Capital Partners, the Bletchley Park Trust has also restored Block B, as its main museum area, and Hut 8, former workplace of Alan Turing.
It has established an American Garden Trail and developed mathematics learning resources for students and educators. The National Museum of Computing will open later this year in the newly refurbished Block H and a Sculpture Trail is being developed in the grounds.
The trust says that heritage visitor numbers at Bletchley Park are better than ever before, having increased by 40 percent over the last two years; the Science and Innovation Centre is thriving and the conference and wedding business is steadily growing.
Jack Ganssle, a contributor to Embedded Systems Design, has recently been to Bletchley and you can see a pictorial account of his visit here.