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FCC Communities Foundation delighted to be part of Bletchley Park's next exciting phase of development

10/02/2020

We are delighted to announce that our Board have recently committed £1,000,000 to Bletchley Park Trust for the next phase of their development at Bletchley Park heritage site and museum. Bletchley Park have developed plans to create new exhibition spaces, a Collection Centre and a Learning facility, as part of their long-standing ambition to preserve and enhance Bletchley Park as a world-class visitor attraction. This will be the first time these buildings will be open giving the Trust a unique opportunity to share more of their untold stories and shed light on this crucial part of British World War Two history.

Their aim is to rediscover the wartime fabric of three buildings at the heart of their site – Blocks A, E and the Teleprinter Extension. Block A will provide brand new permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, revealing more of Bletchley Park’s remarkable people stories and insights into its contribution to breaking Axis Naval codes and ciphers. The Teleprinter Extension will become the new Collection Centre to store and make accessible the large and diverse collection held here. Finally, Block E will become a dedicated Learning facility. These works will be transformational, building capacity to welcome over 300,000 visitors and over 50,000 students annually as well as cementing Bletchley Park’s reputation as a premier heritage site.

Block A was previously home to Naval Section from August 1942 until the end of the war. Naval Section was responsible for the analysis and dissemination of Enigma and other encrypted messages, to provide the Royal Navy with vital intelligence about the operations of enemy vessels. The Teleprinter Extension was an additional structure constructed to the north of the main Teleprinter Building. It was begun in mid-1942, and then extended in the Winter of 1943-1944. Block E, the signals building, was first used in April 1943. Nearly all incoming and outgoing communications passed through, or were managed, here.

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust, said: “Bletchley Park has undergone huge transformation in recent years becoming a popular heritage attraction with over 250,000 visitors a year. This project allows us to build on this success by making more of the site and its amazing story accessible. We hope that this will encourage even more people to visit and engage with this important part of World War Two history.”

Sir David Brown, Chairman of Bletchley Park Trust, said: “This next phase of development brings us another big step closer to realising our vision for Bletchley Park to be recognised worldwide for the achievements that took place here during World War Two and their timeless relevance for present and future generations.”

Simon Settle, General Manager of FCC Communities Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bletchley Park Trust with the next phase of development. This is an exciting project to be involved with, as for the first time the visiting public will have access to these unique buildings. The space created in Block A will allow visitors to appreciate the permanent exhibitions, but also appeal to a wider audience visiting the temporary exhibitions. We are looking forward to working alongside the Trust and other funders to further develop what is already a unique visitor attraction that will inspire future generations, whilst recognising the incredible achievements of the past.”

The first part of the project due to open is the new Learning facility in Block E in 2021, followed by new exhibitions spaces in Block A in 2022.

Pictured, L to R, in the original office of Commander Denniston, CMG who was Head of GC& CS 1919 to 1942 are:

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust
Paul Taylor, Group Chief Executive of FCC Environment
Simon Settle, General Manager of FCC Communities Foundation