Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma code breakers in World War II, is to receive nearly £500,000 of lottery funding.
The large Buckinghamshire manor house has been open to the public since the nineties, and this money was much needed because the place has fallen into a state of considerable disrepair.
However, the lottery cash won’t solve Bletchley Park’s problems in one swoop, as the BBC reports it will cost £10 million to completely revamp the site.
At the height of its code cracking efforts towards the end of the war, some 9000 staff were thought to be employed at Bletchley Park, including Alan Turing. The world’s first electronic computer, the Colossus, was used at Bletchley.
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, told the BBC: “Bletchley Park is an extraordinary part of the UK’s heritage.”
“We… recognise the importance of preserving the site as a tribute to the men and women who worked there with quiet and tireless dedication during World War II.”
“Without their dedication, our nation’s history might have been a very different one.”