Bletchley Park needs your help

I’ve always had a soft spot for Bletchley Park (BP). It’s an important piece of history and it needs to be preserved, and not just the physical site but also the spirit of innovation and creativity that lead to the birth of the computer and the science of cryptology.

One would imagine that such an important site would naturally attract support from security agencies and technology vendors. Not so. I spent several years trying to raise funds from industry and it’s a hard slog. Charitable donations tend to go to children’s charities such as NSPCC and Rainbow Trust. Government security agencies aren’t tasked to spend taxpayers’ money on charitable donations. And there isn’t an obvious business case for companies to invest in BP, though there are great benefits in partnering with such a distinguished site.

BP has done remarkably well to survive on little more than visitor fees and the odd bit of sponsorship. It needs and deserves a lot more. The brand is priceless and the cause worthy. Smart security vendors should be queuing up to associate themselves with such an important and popular institution.

So when I read in The Register that the Park needs £1 million for repairs, I had no hesitation in penning this appeal. Spread the word. Get your wallets out. Bletchley Park needs your help. There is great kudos and satisfaction in being associated with BP.

Let me know if you’d like to help but are stuck for ideas. I’m sure we can dream up an imaginative business case to match your aspirations.

  

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Hello there. What an interesting blog, I never knew good ol' Bletchley Park needed so much help. Believe it or not, I live just down the road from there! Lived in Bletchley all my life. Problem is, as much as I would love to help, I'm only 19, plus I'm deafblind, so I can't exactly go around driving a car saying "HELP BLETCHLEY PARK!"... But if you have any ideas (I really don't have any and my IT skills aren't fantastic, they're pretty basic) I would gladly like to help. Keep up the great blogs though, I've been RSS'ing a lot from computerweekly for a while, I felt it was one way I could keep up on the latest. This really is something.
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The Web is a powerful vehicle for raising money. Last year a website called MyFootballClub raised £700,000 to take over Ebbsfleet United Football Club. Last month they won the FA Trophy. We just need a good organiser. Any volunteers?
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