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Computing museum awarded £100,000 funding

Money will be used to help secure the NMC's future

National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park

The National Museum of Computing has been awarded £100,000 funding.

The grant, which was awarded by Bletchley Park Capital Partners and its associates, will be used to help secure the museum’s future.

The money will be used to refurbish the museum, and therefore encourage more visits from the public to the centre, and to help towards its day-to-day running costs.

The NMC is housed in Block H within the grounds of Bletchley Park, the secret site where the Allies successfully cracked the German Enigma code during World War II. It is also the birthplace of the modern computer.

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Simon Greenish, chief executive officer of the Bletchley Park Trust, said the award was a positive development for both the museum and its visitors.

‘The news that the NMC, an enormously popular attraction for museum visitors, is to receive funding to further its development and help secure its future, is superb and supports the Trust’s mission of transforming Bletchley Park into a world-class education and heritage centre’.

He said that visitor numbers to Bletchley Park had increased three-fold over the last four years.

In June this year, the NMC held its first British Vintage Computer Festival in the Bletchley Park grounds. Exhibits on display included WWII code-breaking machines, a vintage BBC Micro computer, the Commodore 64 and a ZX Spectrum machine.

The two-day festival attracted more than 2,000 vintage computing enthusiasts.

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