Not so se­cret mis­sion to break guest record

Help code-break­ing cen­tre to crack 200,000 bar­rier

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Mort Smith buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

BLETCH­LEY Park, the ul­tra-se­cret cen­tre for code­break­ing dur­ing World War Two and now a mu­seum, is ap­peal­ing for help from Bucks res­i­dents – to break an attendance record.

The mu­seum, which sit­u­ated close to Mil­ton Keynes, is hop­ing to reach 200,000 vis­i­tors in a year for the first time – but that means that around 12,000 more peo­ple need to pass through the gates be­fore the end of De­cem­ber.

Me­dia man­ager Elisa McCarthy said: “It’s been an ex­tra­or­di­nary year at Bletch­ley Park and the ic­ing on the cake would be to reach a record-break­ing attendance level of

is more than £700 for the hospice, which re­lies on vol­un­tary do­na­tions to fund 80 per cent of its £4.7m a year run­ning costs.

The hospice’s

com­mu­nity 200,000 vis­i­tors. We can do it with the help of our com­mu­nity.

“The 200,000th vis­i­tor cel­e­brated with prizes and from Bletch­ley Park VIPs.

“This is an ideal des­ti­na­tion for the fam­ily or vis­it­ing friends and rel­a­tives with things to do in or out of doors. There are new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits and col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing an ex­hibit about the film, The Imi­ta­tion Game, star­ring Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as Alan Tur­ing.”

Tur­ing was the Bletch­ley Park ge­nius who helped to break the Ger­man Enigma code used to alert U-boats to the po­si­tion of con­voys, which proved a vi­tal break­through in keep­ing Bri­tain sup­plied with food and mu­ni­tions. Ms McCarthy said: “Es­pe­cially over the Christ­mas break there are work­shops: The Shape of Christ­mas – run by the will be greet­ings

The Enigma code-breaker is the key draw for vis­tors to Bletch­ley Park fundraiser An­drea Grant said: “We are so grate­ful for the amaz­ing support we’ve re­ceived.”

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visit ed­u­ca­tion team, with fes­tive-themed craft ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and their grown-ups.“

The mu­seum is open daily ex­cept De­cem­ber 24-26 and Jan­uary 1.

Vis­i­tors to the mu­seum are al­lowed un­lim­ited fur­ther vis­its for a whole year on pro­duc­tion of a val­i­dated ticket and un­der 12s are ad­mit­ted free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.bletch­ley­park. org.uk.

Ms McCarthy added: “We also need help with vol­un­teers. Ever-in­creas­ing num­bers of vis­i­tors and a re­vi­talised and hugely im­proved and ex­panded vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence mean we have an ur­gent need to re­cruit more vol­un­teers, who help share the story of Bletch­ley Park and its preser­va­tion of the work the code­break­ers did dur­ing World War Two. If you have a de­sire to join in a com­mu­nity-based ef­fort, we’d love to wel­come you to the vol­un­teer team at Bletch­ley Park.”

To find out more, call 01908 640404 or email the vol­un­teer@bletch­ley­park. org.uk.

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