A MULTI-million pound deal has been agreed by the Bletchley Park Trust to save some of the site’s historic structures from falling into further disrepair - but they aren’t stopping there.
Co-inciding with the centenary of codebreaker Alan Turing’s birth last Saturday, the Trust announced they had completed a £7.4 million funding package to save derelict huts 3 and 6 and to develop a new visitors centre and exhibition space in Block C.
But as work begins, the Trust will immediately embark on a new 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.
Last September, the Trust announced it needed to raise £2.4 million in order to gain access to a £5 million purse put up by the Heritage Lottery Fund - a feat they announced on Wednesday, along with the ‘permission to start’ order from the Lottery to break ground on the hut redevelopment. Work is expected to get under way in autumn.
Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust said he was delighted to have met the target to unlock the Heritage Lottery money before it was too late.
He 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 generation and in permanent tribute to the extraordinary men and women who worked here during WW2.
“Raising theses funds has not only been a race against time to save the Huts from becoming derelict, 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.”