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11 May 2015, 12:48
As the nation's marked the seventieth anniversary of VE Day, Bletchley Park has announced its plans for the future.
Following the successful completion of the first phase of restoration in 2014, the Bletchley Park Trust has announced its Masterplan for the next stage of development at Bletchley Park.
This will be a major step towards consolidating Bletchley Park as a world-class heritage site, museum and education centre for the ever-growing numbers of visitors, and as a permanent tribute to the men and women who worked here during WW2.
As part of this development, exhibition and gallery space is to be expanded, a state-of-the-art education facility to inspire mathematicians and scientists of the future will be created, along with a modern archive to house Bletchley Park's unique, history-changing collection. All of this will result in Bletchley Park and its stories being made more accessible to visitors, scholars and researchers around the world.
Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said:
"The future of Bletchley Park has already been safeguarded for the nation, but this Masterplan is the next milestone on the road to completing its restoration for all future generations to experience, learn from and enjoy. It is hugely fitting that we are able to announce these plans on this historically significant anniversary."
The Bletchley Park Trust has experienced great success and significant attention over the past twelve months providing increasing recognition for the World War Two contribution of Bletchley Park. Following the completion of the £8 million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project in May 2014, the Trust was delighted to host a visit by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge to formally unveil the rejuvenated Bletchley Park. At the same time it was announced that Her Royal Highness' grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, had worked in the newly-restored Codebreaking Hut 6 during World War Two.
In November, the highly-acclaimed, Academy Award winning film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, opened in cinemas around the world drawing yet further attention to the work of Alan Turing and his WW2 colleagues at Bletchley Park.
All of this has resulted in very strong growth in the numbers of visitors to Bletchley Park. More than 90,000 people have already visited this year to enjoy this historic visitor attraction, an increase of 80% on the previous year. Visitor satisfaction continues to be excellent with 94% of these visitors reporting a four or five star rating on TripAdvisor.
The Bletchley Park Trust was delighted to be awarded the accolade of "Business of the Year" at the 2015 Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.