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Bletchley Park has secured a much-needed lifeline with a £330,000 grant from English Heritage. The funds will be used to carry out urgent roof repair work on buildings within the historic WWII code-breaking centre. Talks that could lead to a further grant of £600,000 over the next three years are under way between English …


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  1. James Le Cuirot
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    That's a lot but I'm still glad I ordered my shirt. I'm interested to know how much the shirts have raised so far actually. It all helps.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    The shed is saved

    not wishing to garnish any more death threats, but we are in a recession.

    Surely the money could be better spent on bolstering the economy.

    I for one am not going to visit the shed and support this extravagance, though a good online 3D model and I would have taken a perusal.

    They could have sold the model of the shed, in a non exclusive license to various game makers, who could have incorporated it into a good 'ole fashion FPS.

    We could have had a digital replica of Turing, and Easter eggs such as shoot him in the arse and he groans his final words of 'Am I not complete, if you shoot me do I not bleed.', or 'So, much for sentience.'

    Opportunity missed I say.

  3. andy gibson

    Engli$h Heritage

    They get their money from the Gov, who get their money from us. Then they have the cheek to charge us to get into our own national historical buildings and castles.

  4. muzchap

    FFS - Why do we do it...

    Why do we send billions of pounds in charity to people who don't fcking deserve it and let our national heritage fall to fcking pieces!

    They're asking for a measly £1million - the national lottery should stump up the money immediately, this is probably the last remnant of the country whilst it was truly 'Great'...

    If for one would be more than happy to tack on an additional investment whilst they are collecting for 'poppies' to cover the upkeep of these facilities. If they raised poppies to £1.10 then I'm sure they'd easily raise the million pounds required.

    Think of our country first, whilst I'm not saying we shouldn't give money aboad, we should do after we have fixed our country first!

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Please can I add a stupid comment and swear as well?

    While claiming not to be racist but demanding England for the english first, dagos a long way second etc. Now is the WINTER OFOUR DICONTENTED RANT!! fOAM FOAM FLUBBER

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    @andy gibson

    How is English Heritage funded and how does it spend its resources?

    English Heritage receives around 75% of its income from the Government and the rest from revenue earned from membership, the properties in it's care and other sources like legacies.

    The English Heritage Annual Report and Accounts sets out our recent achievements as well as the most recent financial information. It is available on our website.

    What is the charitable status of English Heritage?

    English Heritage is a Non-Departmental Public Body established by the National Heritage Act 1983. Its formal name is The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England.

    The Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 gave English Heritage the same benefits from tax relief as charities.

  7. Steve


    That's what, 3 weeks of Jonathan Ross's salary? The beeb could suspend him for 6 months, give $3m to Bletchley, and get a documentary series out of it. Better value all round.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Bolstering the economy

    @AC 12:45:

    "Surely the money could be better spent on bolstering the economy"

    Totally agree. We should be bolstering the economy with public money. For example, to help the US economy recover from the depression FDR initiated "The New Deal" which involved using public money to finance construction works..... oh, wait.

  9. Nebulo

    Jolly good show, those chaps

    We'll show Jerry how we fought for freedom ... er ... once ...

  10. Sue Black

    Bletchley Park - What you can do....

    The English Heritage money is a great first step towards saving BP, but loads more funding needs to be found.

    We must save BP. The work that went on there shortened WWII by 2 years, thus saving a possible 22 million lives.

    It is also the birthplace of the modern computer. The National Museum of Computing is there with loads of really interesting machines and peripherals.

    Most people don't realise how fundamental Bletchley Park's contribution was because everything has been kept so secret for so many years. There are many, many people who still have not told anyone of their involvement, several thousand people worked there everyday on long shifts around the clock for years. It was so secretive that they often did not know what the people in the next hut were doing. There are loads of fascinating stories to be heard.

    More details and links on my blog:

    Please help to save BP.



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