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Bletchley Park secures much-needed funding

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The Buckinghamshire mansion at the heart of the Second World War’s codebreaking effort has secured vital funding for urgent repairs to its buildings

The centre will receive £600,000 for essential infrastructure and maintenance works to prevent further decay to the mansion and codebreaking huts. It is hoped once this work, expected to last two years, has been completed, funding can be secured for the second stage of works that will cover a new visitors centre and a radical overhaul of the existing codebreaking huts.

‘It is something we are looking at, but right now, it is essential that we get this maintenance work underway before we can think about stage two,’ said a spokesperson for Bletchley Park.

The park landed the extra tranche of funding from Milton Keynes Council following a vote by local residents. As a result the council has agreed to pay £100,000 a year for three years, matching a pledge by English Heritage.

English Heritage paid £330,000 in 2008 for urgent roof repairs at the site.

Bletchley was the base where the Allied forces’ code-breakers intercepted messages that had been encrypted by the German Enigma machines.

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