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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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MOMA AND VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and MoMA PS1 have agreed on an extensive multi-year partnership. The prime focus of the strategic partnership announced today in New York City lies in the project with the working title “International Discovery”, the development of an international contemporary art exhibition. Further pillars of the partnership are the extension of the MoMA online education program, the donation of two works by Francis Alÿs, and the sponsorship of a series of installations in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. This cooperation with Volkswagen is the first partnership of this scale between the prestigious New York cultural institution and a leading international corporation.

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BLACKSTONE SPONSORS BRITISH MUSEUM

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John Studzinski, senior managing director of Blackstone Group LLP and a cultural philanthropist, is sponsoring the British Museum’s new show on the art of the Christian relic.

Studzinski, 55, is also a collector, with a mix of old masters and modern and contemporary art in his Chelsea riverside mansion. The banker said he is selling “several items” at Sotheby’s next week.

“I buy and sell art in the ordinary course of managing my collection, setting money aside for charity, and funding my new art purchases,” Studzinski said. He would not give any details of the art going on sale.

In the autumn, the banker-philanthropist is selling his collection of Chinese bronzes in Asia because of interest shown by collectors from the region, he said.

Commenting on the climate for U.K. philanthropy, Studzinski said high taxation rates led some potential benefactors to lie low. “I know a number of very wealthy generous donors who probably, on balance, may not give a big donation to a big institution because they don’t want the profile,” he said.

At the same time, he said, institutions are getting much more savvy about targeting, and retaining, benefactors.

“So much of philanthropy is being part of a tribe,” he said. “People do want to be a part of the tribe: They have to decide what tribe they want to be a part of.”

 

 

CROWD FUNDING FOR CREATIVE PROJECTS

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