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YOU DID IT!

Bletchley Park has just announced that, thanks in no small part to your amazing generousity, they've been able to buy the papers for public display.

This is great news, and everyone who has donated should feel thoroughly proud of themselves.

For more information on how Bletchley Park has ended up with the papers, and what will happen to them now, you can read the story here.

Again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. When I set up this fundraising effort, I doubted it was possible - but the astounding response from you all has left me humbled and proud to have been a small part of something big.

The remainder of the page below remains for posterity.

 

A SECOND CHANCE!

Well, there's good news and bad news on the campaign front.  First, the bad news: we didn't win the papers at auction.  The good news: neither did anyone else.

I'm currently awaiting a message from Christie's to find out what happens to the papers now, after they failed to reach the reserve price and were passed back: they will either enter an 'after sale' at another time, in which case we have a chance to raise more funds and secure a bid, or they'll be sent back to the seller, in which case there's a chance for Bletchley Park to make a private offer.

In either case, more donations are required!  Please keep on giving, and if you have any suggestions as to how to get Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook, and other high-tech firms to match or better the incredibly generous donation of $100,000 made directly to Bletchley Park by Google in support of this campaign please let me know!

 

Alan Turing is a name synonymous with modern computing.  A pioneer, war hero, and all-round great guy, he was snatched from us before his time due to prejudices surrounding his sexuality.

Bletchley Park, the home of Station X where Turing worked to break German ciphers during the Second World War, does its part to keep him in our memories - but it needs our help.

Auction house Christie's is to auction off an impressive quantity of Turing's offprints, including his first published paper.  It's thought to be the largest collection in the world, put together by Turing's friend Professor Maxwell Newman to whom Turing presented the offprints.  They belong in a dedicated museum, but Bletchley Park can't afford the £300,000-£500,000 guide price.

As a result, I'm asking for volunteers to dig deep and see to it that these papers not only stay in this country, but stay where the public can see them and benefit from them.  Let's save them from being locked away in the vaults of a private collector.

It's a big ask, looking for half a million pounds, I know - but if you work for a high-tech company, use a 'universal computer,' or are in any way connected with modern computing, you owe Turing a debt of gratitude - and this could be a way to help repay that debt.

Please, consider donating.  Every little helps, as a certain supermarket chain would say.

If you'd like to donate, please do so as soon as possible - the auction is on the 23rd of November, so we haven't got long if we want to save this historic treasure for future generations to enjoy!

In the - hopefully unlikely - event that we don't reach our goal, fear not: the money raised will be still be going to Bletchley Park Trust, to support the charity's great work.

Raising money for

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

Charity Registration No. 1012743

Bletchley Park was home to the WW2 Codebreakers whose breath-taking achievements helped shorten the war by two years saving countless lives. The Bletchley Park Trust's mission is to transform Bletchley Park into the world-class education and heritage site it deserves to be reflecting the profound significance of its impact on WW2, the twentieth century and the way we all live today.

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Andrew Hodges's book "Alan Turing: the Enigma of Intelligence" is well worth reading!

Donation by Martin Wheatman on 25/02/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Best wishes!

Donation by Eric Thompson on 24/02/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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I haven't visited Bletchley Park this century. Next time I'm in that part of the world...

Donation by Jeffrey Goldberg on 08/02/11

£20.00

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Donation by Gabriela Gomez on 27/01/11

 

Good Luck

Donation by Donald on 21/01/11

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Donated on behalf of Helen Boyce, Barbara Mayor, David Hills and David Wakely

Donation by Kathleen Wilson on 13/01/11

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A dazzlingly brilliant man who deserves to be remembered.

Donation by Terry on 07/01/11

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/12/10

£10.00

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Turing's contribution to our victory was critical. Good luck in keeping these papers at Bletchly where they belong.

Donation by Manfred on 18/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Donation by Michael Barker on 18/12/10

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Donation by George Canning on 17/12/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck I hope you succeed in taking the papers into ownership

Donation by John McClymont on 16/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Wishing you success for this important purchase, John & Beryl Reeves

Donation by Beryl Reeves on 16/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Donation by Adrian Long-Price on 16/12/10

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Glad to help in such an important cause

Donation by MICHAEL TURNER on 16/12/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Donation by Patrick McCormack on 16/12/10

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Donation by Stefan Bates on 16/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Donation by Rebecca Harriss on 16/12/10

£15.00

Donation by Anonymous on 15/12/10

£10.00

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Donation by stephen mcostrich on 15/12/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by David Godfrey on 15/12/10

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Donation by Lynn Donoghue on 15/12/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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An exceedingly important part of the UK's history and, in a way, an amend for Turing's unforgivable persecution.

Donation by Anonymous on 15/12/10

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 15/12/10

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Donation by Gary Richards on 15/12/10

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£23,096.92
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£23,096.92
  • Gift Aid£5,580.89

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