Turing Papers Saved for the Nation at Bletchley Park

A collection of handwritten notes by British World War II code breaker Alan Turing has been saved from leaving the country after campaigners were able to raise the required amount of funds.

The papers are invaluable records of Turing's work in breaking the German Enigma Code during World War II. A campaign was started when the papers were put to auction, to prevent them from leaving the nation in the hands of a private collector.

The campaign was once believed a lost cause but the National Heritage Memorial Fund stepped in at the last minute with a £200,000 donation.

The Turing Papers are a record of the role computers played in WWII and deemed important to Britain's legacy. Turing, whose hundredth birthday will be celebrated next year, is considered a father of modern computer science.

Turing, however, committed suicide at the age of 41, after being prosecuted for having sexual relations with another man. It took until 10 September 2009 for an official public apology from the British government to be made by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.