Bletchley Park looking at exhibition cutbacks

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

Exhibitions, including one dedicated to Winston Churchill, could be moving out of Bletchley Park as they go for museum accreditation.

The popular exhibit, featuring the country’s war-time Prime Minister, is currently on display as part of the story of the codebreakers.

But as Bletchley Park looks to focus on more specific aspects of what happened there between 1939 and 1945, Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, admitted the Churchill Collection, among others, may have to make way to concentrate on other aspects of the story.

He said: “Bletchley Park is moving into a very exciting period in its development as we begin to undertake a partly publicly funded major restoration project. Part of this process involves working towards achieving national museum accreditation and as such we no longer have the space or are in the position to play host to, or provide rent free accommodation for, a number of privately owned collections which are not focused on the codebreaking story, of which the Churchill Collection is one.

“This may not please everyone, but the Bletchley Park Trustees are clear that what we are doing at the moment is necessary and important for the long-term future.”

Reader MP Higgs wrote to the Citizen about the cutbacks, saying: “If anything was in place at the home of the codebreakers, this tribute to Sir Winston certainly is.”

Bletchley Park could not confirm which other exhibits might be removed.