SOS Bletchley Park

A very significant part of our computing and national heritage – Bletchley Park – is in dire need of the industry’s help.

Black's gritty determination not to allow people to rest on their laurels about the situation last week prompted her along with her University of Westminster colleague John Turner to write an open letter to the Times newspaper.

"The trust runs this gem on a charitable basis and receives no external funding, having been deemed ineligible for funding by the National Lottery. However, once again, Bletchley Park is under the threat of redevelopment. As a nation, we cannot allow this crucial and unique piece of both British and World heritage to disappear," states the letter.

It continues: "The future of the site, buildings, resources and equipment at Bletchley Park must be preserved for future generations by providing secure long-term financial backing. Is it too much to ask that Bletchley Park be provided with the same financial stability as some of our other great museums such as the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum?"

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Black and her supporters are hoping that the media floodgates will open and support will abound. Indeed, she's already been quite overwhelmed by the messages of camaraderie received so far.

"Some people say it's how we won the war, others say it shortened it by two years," added Black. "You can't really argue against it not being of great significance and not being very important. Bletchley Park was the birthplace of computing in the UK [as well as code breaking war efforts]. Those two things coming together in the same place is completely unique."

There's never been a better time to show your support for this country's technological brilliance. To sign the e-petition, visit

The people of Bletchley Park supported this country all those years ago. Isn't it about time we returned the favour?

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