Bletchley Park Finds a Saviour in Google

Internet search behemoth Google Inc. has kick started the fundraising programme to save the derelict Block C at Bletchley Park, the place where the Royal Army deployed their main decryption establishment during the second world war.

In a bid to generate more awareness, Google has been using its Street View to capture the pictures of the park and Block C in particular.

The company’s new fundraising initiative began rather on a positive note on Thursday as the garden party sponsored by Google collected some £10,000 or over on the day 1 itself.

Google already played a crucial role at Bletchley - the company contributed an hefty amount of some $100,000, which was used to assist in securing the papers of Alan Turing- a leading seminal computer scientist and code breaker who worked at the venue.

“Looking around, you can see why we need Google. Some of the huts are just dilapidated, there’s no other word for it. With their help we’ll get things restored so people can go into these places and get a sense of history,” said Jean Valentine, a computer operator at Bletchley in the 1940s and now a guide for visitors, The Telegraph reports.

“I spent my youth in Hut 11, doing what I could for my country, and it badly needs refurbishing,’ she added.