Bletchley Park earned its first ever national lottery grant on Monday with an award of £460,000 to fund long term development work.
The wartime code-breaking centre also won the chance to submit more detailed plans and apply for £4.1m of Heritage Lottery Fund support within the next two years. The lottery funding is needed to complete a £10m development project at the historic centre, which has shamefully fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect by successive governments.
English Heritage and Milton Keynes Council separately agreed earlier this year to invest £930,000 in much-needed restoration work at Bletchley Park, which has been open to the public as a museum since 1994.
Custodians of the centre hope to use lottery funding to transform the current museum into a "world-class heritage and educational site" reflecting the impact of its work in providing intelligence that helped shorten WWII and a “permanent tribute to its unsung intellectual warriors”, such as Alan Turing.
In a statement welcoming the award, Simon Greenish, director of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “The support offered by HLF is a landmark event for the Trust in our quest to provide a permanent future for Bletchley Park that will enable us to work up detailed plans for the education and enjoyment of future generations." ®