A millionaire’s double the money pledge to a Bletchley museum has been swiftly followed by the first donation.
Technology entrepreneur Matt Crotty, a trustee of The National Museum of Computing, last month made the philanthropic £1million promise to match fund donations.
Now spacecraft communications specialist 4Links, based at Bletchley Park’s Science and Innovation Centre, has donated a four-figure sum. 4Links supplies SpaceWire test equipment for satellite and space missions.
The donation will be phased as funding is received and will enable the museum to develop. Priorities include refurbishing the museum and increasing its capacity.
Jim Murrin, chief executive of 4Links, said: “As a company that pushes technology boundaries in space, we are delighted to support the development of a museum that tells the dramatic stories of computing advances over the past seven decades.”
4Links has been able to see part of its own heritage at TNMOC. A museum acquisition of a 1986 transputer evaluation unit has particular resonance. A transputer was a high-performance and easy-to-use computer on a chip.
Tim Reynolds, chairman of The National Museum of Computing, said: “The 4Links donation is another great boost for the museum and we are very grateful to the company. The fact that 4Links can see its own computing heritage in our displays should encourage other companies to come and see the amazing resource that we continue to develop.”