THE family of computer pioneer Tony Sale, who died recently, have requested any donations in his memory be made to support the refurbishment of the Colossus gallery at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.
Begun in 1993, the daunting task of rebuilding Colossus, the world’s first modern computer, was led by Tony to recognise the codebreaking work carried out at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
The rebuilt Colossus now stands in Block H at Bletchley Park in the same room that Colossus Mk II No 9 occupied towards the end of the war. From 1944-45, 10 Colossus machines at Bletchley Park were instrumental in speeding up the deciphering of the Lorenz-encoded messages of the German High Command. The intelligence obtained is credited with shortening the war by many months and saving many lives.
Andy Clark, chairman of trustees at The National Museum of Computing, said: “We are honoured that the Sale family have asked for any donations in Tony’s memory be made to support the refurbishment of the Colossus gallery at The National Museum of Computing.”
He added: “Tony led the first meeting to plan the new Colossus gallery shortly before he passed away and he was clearly very excited by the prospect. The new gallery will be a lasting memorial to a brilliant engineer, pioneering computer conservationist and enthusiastic communicator, as well as a tribute to those wartime codebreakers whom Tony so much admired. The Colossus rebuild is already a huge attraction and we look forward to presenting it in a new Gallery to stimulate the interest of countless thousands of visitors in the future.”
The new Colossus gallery is expected to be completed early in 2012. The National Museum of Computing will ensure that donated funds to rebuild the gallery will be used solely for this purpose.
Donations can be made via JustGiving www.justgiving.com/Mr-Tony-Sale or sent direct to The National Museum of Computing stating that the donation is in Tony Sale’s memory.