National Museum of Computing gets big donation

The future of The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has been assured - for a while longer, anyway - thanks to its largest ever consortium donation.

The museum has taken receipt of a whopping £100,000 from the Bletchley Park Capital Partners, the commercial arm of historic Bletchley Park where codebreakers worked during World War II to crack German ciphers.

Ranked as one of the top three dedicated computer museums in the world, and deserving of even higher respect owing to its location in Bletchley Park's Block H where the Colossus machine was installed in what became the world's first purpose-built computer centre, TNMOC is home to exhibits spanning seven decades of computing history - with many hands-on opportunities for historians and hackers alike.

It's an expensive place to run, however - and relies entirely upon donations and public funding. With many of the older buildings on Bletchley Park in need of repair, the money can't come soon enough.

TNMOC director Jon Fell described the mammoth cheque as "a very generous donation from Bletchley Park Capital Partners (BPCP) and its associates," and explained that "BPCP’s funding not only helps secure the Museum’s future but, with their experience in refurbishing buildings at Bletchley Park, will also enable us to sharpen up the Museum environment for visitors and volunteers."

The BPCP is keen to get other tech companies looking for a tax write-off on board, too, with chairman Tim Reynolds saying, "We [BPCP] believe that TNMOC has lots more potential to be released by further funding and would encourage other companies to join us in our support of this tremendous educational and cultural resource."

Although the donation will help preserve the site and its fascinating exhibits for future visitors, more funding is always required to keep the museum ticking along - so why not pay a visit the next time you're around Milton Keynes with nothing to do?

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