Bletchley Park May Close Due to Lack of Funds
But, despite an impressive contribution to the war effort, the Bletchley Park site, now a museum, faces a bleak future unless it can secure funding to keep its doors open and its numerous exhibits from rotting away.
The Bletchley Park Trust receives no external funding. It has been deemed ineligible for funding by the National Lottery, and turned down by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation because the Microsoft founder will only fund internet-based technology projects.
"We are just about surviving. Money -- or lack of it -- is our big problem here. I think we have two to three more years of survival, but we need this time to find a solution to this," said Simon Greenish, the Trust's director.
As a result of lack of funds, the Trust is unable to rebuild the site's rotting infrastructure and faces an uncertain future. "The Trust is the hardest-up museum I know," said Greenish. "We have this huge estate to run and it's one of the most important World War II stories there is."
Anybody out there want to help put together a major contribution?
EDITED TO ADD (5/30): Yes, I am willing to be a focal point for donations. But I'm hoping for some major donors.
Posted on May 30, 2008 at 6:45 AM • 60 Comments