Monday, November 29, 2010

Bletchley Park huts proposals open to public

A special community consultation event at Bletchley Park will give everybody the chance to comment on regeneration proposals at the historic site, including the world famous huts (seen in recent poor repair above) where vital wartime shedworking took place.

The event on December 8 at 5.30pm will reveal the plans for the regeneration of part of the site into an attractive, world-class museum and education resource, using graphic and 3D design as well as modern audio-visual aids to provide interpretation of the groundbreaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II. Plans include restoration of buildings in several areas including some of the legendary huts in which the codebreaking took place and which are now derelict and in danger of collapse. Intended in 1940 to be temporary buildings they will be carefully restored, preserving their 1940s appearance.

Members of the public attending the event will be consulted on the plans, the design approach for the museum and ways of increasing the education opportunities. Attendees will be split into discussion groups to explore the proposals. The groups will then share their findings at an open discussion towards the end of the evening. The consultation event will finish at 8pm.

Simon Greenish, Chief Executive Officer of Bletchley Park Trust hopes that the plans will attract considerable community support: "Bletchley Park is a huge local asset and we want the whole community, including those involved with the site to local residents in and around Milton Keynes to regard it as their asset. We already have an enormously dedicated team of staff and volunteers who help deliver our story and have provided valuable input into our future plans, and now we want to hear from other members of our community."

Anyone wishing to attend the consultation event should reserve a place with Bletchley Park Trust on 01908 640404 or email by December 3.
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