Facebook gives £1 million to Enigma code-breaking site Bletchley Park

Facebook has given £1 million to Bletchley Park – the top-secret WWII site that cracked the Enigma Code.

Breaking the German machine played a key role in ending the war and defeating the Nazis.

The Buckinghamshire country house estate is now a museum.

But it’s facing a £2 million loss in revenue because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bletchley Park was looking to lay off more than 30 staff.

Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer, said:

“Our company would not exist today without its achievements.

“The work of its most brilliant scientist, Alan Turing, still inspires our tens of thousands of engineers and research scientists today.”

Its coffers have also been boosted with £447,000 from the Government’s Digital Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) department.

An Enigma Machine

Ian Standen, Bletchley Park’s CEO, said:

“We are very grateful to both Facebook for their generous donation and DCMS for their financial support.

“Facebook’s donation highlights the ongoing legacy of pioneering technology developed here during World War Two.

“With this significant support, we at Bletchley Park can weather the current crisis and survive into the future, keeping the doors open for future generations.”

Bletchley Park was the birthplace of the world’s first digital computer Colossus.

Alan Turing was seminal in developing the thinking behind computer science and artificial intelligence.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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