Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Bletchley Park Under Threat

by Charles Pooter

Bletchley Park is where Alan Turing and others successfully cracked the German Enigma code during WWII. The British Computer Society helped fund the reconstruction of the Bombe and Colossus code-breaking machines and these are now on display there. According to this petition, Bletchley Park may now be under threat.

From the petition:

The Bletchley Park Trust receives no external funding. It has been deemed ineligible for funding by the National Lottery, and turned down by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Please do not allow this crucial piece of both British and World culture to disappear. If ever an example were needed of Britain leading the world, this surely would be it. To allow it to fall into the hands of developers would be simply unconscionable.
Alan Turing and Bletchley Park will be familiar names to any Little Man readers who know the history of computer science or who have read Neil Stephenson's Cryptonomicon!

1 comment:

Charles Pooter said...

...not that I agree that the state should fund it by the way, but the petition seems a good way of highlighting its plight!