THE regeneration of Bletchley Park has been handed a huge boost by the Heritage Lottery Fund which has granted the historic site a £4.6 million grant.
The landmark investment will enable the restoration of iconic Codebreaking Huts 1, 3 and 6 and create a world-class visitor centre and exhibition in the currently derelict Block C as soon as £1.7 million in match funding has been raised.
Not only will this development allow the conservation of buildings of highly significant heritage, it will considerably improve the educational offering and visitor experience.
For the last 20 years, the Bletchley Park Trust has been devoted to ensuring the achievements are recognised and the site developed, both to inspire and educate generations to come and as a permanent testament to the remarkable people who made those achievements possible.
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The complex story of Bletchley Park revolves around a group of dedicated men and women who quietly worked away with no expectation of public recognition.
“Now, more than 60 years later, the Trust will bring to life fascinating tales of the ground-breaking work that took place in this sprawling country estate.
“I cannot think of a better use of Heritage Lottery Fund money than to support this project and, in so doing, honour the memory of all who were involved.”
Stephen Fry, a huge supporter of Bletchley Park, said: “This investment will finally enable the Trust to do justice to this amazing place in tribute to the tremendous intellectual feat of those who worked there.
“Not only did these people alter the very course of history by helping to secure the allied victory, thereby quietly and modestly providing us with the free world, they also gave birth to the Information Age.”