Not so secret mission to break guest record
Help code-breaking centre to crack 200,000 barrier
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
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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.