Bletchley Park Up For Top Museum Award

8 February 2012, 17:09

The code breaking centre has been shortlisted for the title of Museum of the Year.

Seventy years after the work done at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes helped to shorten World War II by cracking German Enigma code, it's now one of ten museum sites up for an Art Fund prize.

The annual £100,000 prize, was last year won by London's British Museum and is awarded for an original project undertaken or completed the previous year.

The Buckinghamshire site been nominated for the exhibition 'The Life and Works of Alan Turing'. Turing is famous for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park. 

Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman of the judges said: 'Whittling the achievements of Britain's museums over the past year down to 10 was an unbelievably challenging task.'

A shortlist of four museums will be announced on May 14th, with the prize given out at a ceremony at the British Museum on June 19th.