Good for Google
Given the importance to code-breaking history, should MI5/6/insert number here not contribute. Or maybe they did but want to keep that secret (force of habit, presumably)
Google has donated over half a million pounds for restorations at Bletchley Park, the site which commemorates the birth of modern computing and the code-breakers who helped bring the Second World War to an end. Bletchley Park chiefs intend to use the cash to turn a crumbling hangar into a "world-class visitor centre and …
Great news that the future of Bletchley Park is now more secure.
But I hope restoration and conservation doesn't alter the overwhelming slightly "down-at-heel" 1940's period flavour of the place. Anybody at all interested in the history of computing should make every effort to visit it, and allow a full day.
I also hope the relationship between the National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust can be clarified to the benefit of all concerned.
I particularly enjoy going to see the first computer I ever programmed on display rather than hidden and forgotten in a dusty museum store. They've even got a photograph of me standing in front of it 1961 - that's half a century ago.
Slightly off-topic, does anybody know why the movie "Enigma" which was set at Bletchley Park wasn't shot on location?
I think it's a national tragedy that Bletchley has been allowed to fall into such disrepair.
I suppose it came about because of the obsessive nature of the secrecy there that noone knew about the historical significance of the place.
Come on country, this should be saved for future generations. It will be classed as one of the most important historical places for years to come, not just because it shortened the war by conservatively two years probably more, but also created computing.
Is it Bletchley Park or the national museum of computing getting this grant? Because when I visited the place just after they opened the Tunny room & we had a tour around the colossus related stuff it was made clear that the NMC is separate from BP and rather than getting funding from it has to pay for the space it occupies.
As is made clear here: http://www.tnmoc.org/about.aspx
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