AN investment of £480,000 to help preserve and restore Bletchley Park has been welcomed by Milton Keynes’ MPs.
Foreign Secretary William Hague visited the codebreaking base today to reveal that the Government will be making the donation.
The money will unlock £5million worth of Heritage Lottery Funding, which will allow the Trust to restore many more of the codebreaking buildings and add to its exhibits.
In a speech, Mr Hague said the cash will help “provide an even richer educational experience for the thousands of people that come to Bletchley Park.”
He also revealed that a new apprentive scheme to find up to 100 new recruits for GCHQ will be rolled-out, and announced the launch of this year’s National Cipher Challenge, an annual competition for schools to inspire young people into thinking about a future career in mathematics and cyber security.
The news was welcomed by city MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart.
Mr Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “I am delighted that the Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund have invested over £5 million jointly into Bletchley Park.
“We are all fiercely proud of Bletchley’s history and it is essential for us to ensure that this important historical centre is saved and maintained for generations to come.”
And his MK South counterpart Mr Stewart added: “This is doubly good news. Bletchley Park is a much cherished local and national institution and the grant will help secure the site.
“Just as important is the funding of new high-level apprenticeships which I hope will be of interest to local students considering their career options.”