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February 25, 2011

Alan Turing’s notes saved by £200k donation

by Darren Allan
You might remember that last November, Alan Turing hit the news headlines when his notes went up for auction at Christie's. The fear was they'd be snaffled up by a wealthy private collector and whisked out of this country, never to be seen again. A campaign was started to raise money and keep the papers on display at Bletchley ...



January 14, 2011

EDSAC computer to be rebuilt at Bletchley Park

by Darren Allan
The computer boffins at Bletchley Park are all set to rebuild the EDSAC computer. EDSAC stood for Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, and when it was built in 1949, it was was one of the first commercial stored-program computers ever constructed. Sir Maurice Wilkes was the architect of the room-sized machine, which used mercury delay lines for memory, and vacuum ...



November 24, 2010

Turing papers fail to meet reserve at auction

by Darren Allan
Alan Turing's notes went up for auction at Christie's yesterday, but failed to meet their reserve. A campaign had been started to keep the papers public and on display at Bletchley Park, with Google pledging $100,000 to this cause. The fear being that if snaffled by a private collector, they might never be seen again. According to the Register, the ...



November 23, 2010

Google gets behind Turing papers bid with $100K

by Darren Allan
Google has opened its wallet in the cause of keeping Alan Turing's research notes public. The famous code-breakers' papers are going on auction at Christie's right about now, and Google has donated $100,000 to Bletchley Park who is bidding to keep them public and on display. If they go to a private collector, the fear is Turing's work will never ...



June 8, 2010

Bletchley Park archives to go online

by David Allen
During the second world war Bletchley Park, located just outside of Milton Keynes, was one of the country’s best kept secrets, but today the archives collected over the war years are about to be published online. The work will be carried out by the staff at the Bletchley Park Trust with the help of HP, which will be providing ...



March 25, 2010

Bletchley Park to receive £250,000 grant

by Darren Allan
Bletchley Park, the Buckinghamshire manor house and home of the Enigma code breakers in World War II, is to receive more money from the government. A £250,000 grant is to be provided for much needed repairs to the manor, which is in a considerable state these days. Back in September of last year, Bletchley received £500,000 of lottery funding, but ...