Lottery Funds for Bletchley Park
Last Updated: Thursday 1st October 2009, 09:18 am
Bletchley Park was the nation’s top secret code-breaking site during World War II and now thanks to a lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery fund, the site in Buckinghamshire is to be developed into a world class heritage site and educational centre. The lotto grant is worth almost £400,000 and will go towards a target of £10 million to transform the site from a rundown building to museum and heritage centre.
Historians believe that the enemy code cracking work done at Bletchley Hall during World War II by some of the best code crackers in the world shortened the war by at least two years and saved the lives of many servicemen. It’s a huge accolade for a building which has unfortunately been forgetting in modern times and been allowed to fall into rack and ruin.
Even in its current state Bletchley Hall commands a visitor roll of almost 100,000 visitors a year but this grant from the Heritage Lottery fund for good causes will mean that the museum will be able to display even more of the wonderful work done by the code crackers and allow visitors to enjoy the history for many years to come.
This is exactly the sort of cause that the Heritage Lottery fund is for and thanks to the sale of lottery tickets around the UK many more historic building such as this will be saved for future generations.
This is just a small part of the funding applied for by Bletchley Hall who will now be applying for a further £4 million from the Heritage Lottery fund to boost its total and carry out the much needed repairs.
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