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Bletchley Park

The museum at Bletchley Park was closed for months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

For the second time in little more than a decade, the future of Bletchley Park hangs in the balance.

Bletchley Park is home to the Colossus, the world's first large-scale electronic computer, which went into operation in 1944. It is one of the most important sites in the history of computing..

The museum is facing a financial crisis and is preparing to lay off 35 people, a third of its workforce. After being forced to close for over three months, it's now opened with reduced capacity and  is on course to lose £2 million (U.S.$2.6 million).

"It's time for the tech industry, and for us all as a community that cares about our heritage, to support Bletchley Park through these difficult times and to find significant revenue streams other than in-person visitors so that it never has to worry about telling such an important story to generations to come," says Sue Black, professor of computer science at Durham University, leader of an earlier effort to raise funding for the site.

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