In the week after the world celebrated the 100 anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the Bletchley Park Trust has announced it has secured funding of £7.4m to renovate the code-breaking huts for which the site is famous.
In 2011 the organisation announced it needed to raise £2.4m in funding in order to secure a grant of £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and after several months of intensive fund-raising, and a donation of £500,000 from Google it has now reached this target.
This will allow the Trust to begin "urgent restoration" of code-breaking huts three and six where much of the vital work cracking the German's enigma code, in which Turing played a central role, was carried out.
Iain Standen, the chief executive of of the Bletchley Park Trust, said the completion of the fund raising was just the next stage in the organisation's work to preserve the historic site for future generations.
"This is an exciting and unparalleled milestone in the 20-year history of the work of the Bletchley Park Trust, allowing us to start the work of preserving this site for future generations and in permanent tribute to the extraordinary men and women who worked here during WW2," he said.
"Raising these funds has not only been a race against time to save the huts from dereliction, but also has been imperative in order to create essential capacity and an improved experience for our ever-rising numbers of visitors."
This work will begin in the autumn, but the Trust still has major plans in the offing, recommitting to its plan of raising £15m in further funding in order to build a heritage and education centre to help spread the work of those at Bletchley.
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