Google donates £550,000 to Bletchley Park

Dec 19, 2011

 

Bletchley Park Trust is among around 50 organisations to receive grants form Google. The money is a significant contribution to the matched funding required for the trust to receive a £4.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore its Second World War code-breaking huts.
 
The trust plans to restore of iconic codebreaking huts 1, 3 and 6 and create a world-class visitor centre and exhibition in the derelict Block C. 
 
Google’s director of external relations Peter Barron said: “The Bletchley Park Trust has been doing great work to honour Alan Turing and the codebreakers who helped shorten the Second World War and to educate the next generation about the history of modern computing.
 
"We are delighted to make this charitable donation to help support the next phase of this important project.”
 
Bletchley Park Trust chief executive Simon Greenish said the donation from Google was a major step forward. He added: “We have received other generous contributions towards the project but this is the largest single element of the partnership funding and absolutely vital in potentially getting the project under way much sooner than might otherwise have been the case. 
 
“It would be wonderful if other donors follow Google’s example to help preserve our computing heritage. We could then proceed as soon as possible with restoration of the profoundly historically significant codebreaking huts.”
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