GOOGLE TO FUND BLETCHLEY WARTIME ‘SEARCH ENGINE’

Google is helping to raise cash to restore a derelict building at Bletchley Park.

Bletchley Park, which now houses the National Museum of Computing, is also widely recognised as having a pivotal role in the computer industry because machines built to help crack codes laid the foundation for more modern devices.

During World War II, Bletchley code-breakers gleaned information from German communications that proved vital to the Allied victory.

The building, known as Block C, held the punch card index that acted as a “search engine” at the heart of decryption work.

Efforts to save and restore Bletchley have been ongoing for some years. In October 2009, it received £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin restoration work.

In March 2010 it won a government grant of £250,000 for critical repairs. Many others, both individuals and businesses, are helping it build up a fund of about £10m to restore the entire site.

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