Bletchley Park receives £4.6m grant from Heritage Lottery FundOct 05, 2011
The money will fund the restoration of the iconic code-breaking Huts 1,3 and 6 and the creation of a world-class visitor centre and exhibition hall in the derelict Block C once the Trust has raised £1.7 million in match funding.
The Bletchley Park Trust has described the award as a “landmark”. A spokesman said the development would allow the conservation of buildings of major heritage value and would improve Bletchley Park’s educational offering and visitor experience.
Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers who broke the backbone of Germany’s communications cypher system – Enigma – and the even more complex cypher system used by Hitler and his High Command during the Second World War, is arguably one of Britain’s most important 20th century historical sites.
Heritage lottery Fund chief executive Carole Souter said: “The complex story of Bletchley Park revolves around a group of dedicated men and women who quietly worked away with no expectation of public recognition.
"Now, more than 60 years later, the Trust will bring to life fascinating tales of the ground-breaking work that took place in this sprawling country estate. I cannot think of a better use of Heritage Lottery Fund money than to support this project and, in so doing, honour the memory of all who were involved.”
The Bletchley Park Trust has today launched the ‘Action This Day’ campaign to raise the match funding needed. Visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk for details.
- Pictured: Bletchley Park Trust chief executive Simon Greenish at Hut 6.