THE CODE BREAKING INSTITUTION Bletchley Park has received a donation of £1m from technology personage Matt Crotty.
The money goes to the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, a place where old computers are curated and looked after.
The donation must be matched and will drip into TNMOC as the organisation raises matching funds.
"To help the development of a museum such as this is an exceptional opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. I have watched this organisation grow and make astonishing achievements with very limited funding," said TNMOC trustee Crotty.
"My decision to donate has also been motivated by the increasing public awareness of the significance of digital heritage and the role and understanding it can play in inspiring current and future generations to become engineers and computer scientists."
The National Museum of Computing counts computers including Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, and the Harwell Dekatron WITCH computer.
"Despite modest budgets, high rent, and a challenging economic climate, TNMOC has opened six acclaimed and genuinely unique new galleries in the past four years. To make this happen staff and volunteers have been working with enthusiasm, skill and patience and funders have been generous in difficult economic times," said Tim Reynolds, chairman of trustees at TNMOC.
"Already the museum is recognised as one of the top computing museums in the world, but we have only just started. This new funding - the largest single private donation to any organisation on Bletchley Park - will enable us to unleash amazing potential."
TNMOC has already started its next fundraising push to find matching donations. µ
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