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Bletchley Park gets a green light for restoration

Codebreaking centre is ready for a fresh lick of paint
Fri Jun 28 2013, 13:18
The main house at Bletchley Park

UK CODEBREAKING INSTITUTION Bletchley Park is getting a facelift and will reemerge with a shiny new visitor center and modern day attractions.

Bletchley Park is not being remade as some sort of Disney World for people that care about cryptography, but will be sensitively restored to show what work went on there during the war, and why we should never forget that.

"In addition to the restoration of iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks, it is now being reinvigorated with fantastic interactive exhibits, new activities and fresh displays. Once complete, Bletchley Park will be much nearer to its aspiration of being a world-class education and heritage centre," Bletchley Park said in a statement.

"In this first phase of regeneration Block C will be transformed into a vibrant Visitor Centre with an informative and inspirational introductory exhibition presenting the rich history of Bletchley Park. Along with a brand new shop and café, the visitor's experience of Bletchley Park will be dramatically improved. The centre of the site will be returned to the tranquil countryside setting the Codebreakers cherished, free of modern vehicles and paraphernalia."

Codebreaking huts numbers three and six are going to be restored, and "light touch" interpretation will give visitors an idea of what it was like to work there during wartime. Huts are expected to be completed and ready by the summer next year.

Until then, Bletchley Park is looking for supporters who are prepared to help it on its way to becoming a "world-class education and heritage site by 2020".

In the past year Bletchley has had a couple of cash injections, including £4.6m from the Lottery fund and £500,000 from Google. µ


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