We are delighted to have our offices in the renowned Bletchley Park, the home of the WWII code breakers who helped to break the Enigma code and the home of the first ever computer, Colossus, housed in The National Museum of Computing along with the bombe.
Bletchley Park is a nineteenth century mansion and estate near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, that was constructed in the Victorian Gothic, Tudor, and Dutch Baroque styles for the English financier and politician Sir Herbert Samuel Leon on the site of older buildings of the same name.
It has received latter-day fame as the central site for British (and subsequently, Allied) codebreakers during World War II, although at the time of their operation this fact was a closely guarded secret. During the Second World War it housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS). Among its most notable early personnel was Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander and Stuart Milner-Barry. According to the official historian of British Intelligence, the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. The team at Bletchley Park devised automatic machinery to help with decryption, culminating in the development of Colossus, the world's first programmable digital electronic computer. Bletchley Park is now run by Bletchley Park Trust and is a popular museum, for more information visit www.bletchleypark.org.uk
The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing is a museum dedicated to collecting and restoring historic computer systems, opening in 2007 it was the first purpose-built computer centre in the world. The museum houses a rebuilt Mark 2 Colossus computer alongside an exhibition of the most complex code cracking activities performed at the Park. It also has examples of machines that continue the history of the development of computing from the 1940s to the present day. The museum has a policy of having as many of the exhibits as possible in full working order. Although located on the Bletchley Park 'campus', The National Museum of Computing is an entirely separate charity with its own fund raising and separate entrance/ticketing. TNMOC receives no public funding and relies on the generosity of donors and supporters. For more information visit www.tnmoc.org