Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bletchley Park hits hut funding target

Large congratulations to all at the Bletchley Park Trust which has just announced that it has successfully reached the £7.4 million funding mark that now enables them to start urgent restoration of the historic, and sadly currently derelict, Codebreaking Huts 3 and 6, as well as the development of a world-class visitor centre and exhibition space in WW2 Card Index building, Block C.

Last September, the Trust announced that it needed to raise £2.4 million in match funding in order to unlock a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £5 million. Now that the Trust has raised these funds, the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted it “Permission to Start” on the restoration project.

 Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “This is an exciting and unparalleled milestone in the 20-year history of the work of the Bletchley Park Trust, allowing us to start the work of preserving this site for future generations and in permanent tribute to the extraordinary men and women who worked here during WW2.

“Raising these funds has not only been a race against time to save the Huts from dereliction, but also has been imperative in order to create essential capacity and an improved experience for our ever-rising numbers of visitors. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors for enabling us to start making this vision a reality."

However, while work on this project is expected to commence in the autumn, the Bletchley Park Trust will immediately embark on a fundraising campaign, expected to be in the order of £15 million, for the next phase of its masterplan to transform Bletchley Park into a world-class heritage and education centre to adequately reflect the profound importance of its impact on WW2 and the 20th century. This will include plans to expand the museum into Block D and restore other buildings of highly significant historic value.
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