World War II


Saving Bletchley Park

See: "Codes and Ciphers in the Second World War" at http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk.

For the Bletchley Park Trust, see: http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/.

Materials presented in chronological order.

BBC. "Station X 'Saved for Nation': Public Were Unaware of Bletchley Park until 1980s." 2 Jun. 1999. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

"Bletchley Park, where the cracking of the Nazi Enigma Code helped end World War II, has reportedly been saved from developers.... Campaigners had feared that the Buckinghamshire mansion, formerly known only as Station X, was going to be sold to property developers. The 55-acre site, which currently houses a small museum and offers guided tours, has planning permission and is worth millions of pounds. But Bletchley Park Trust, which runs the park, is negotiating a deal with joint owners, government land agency Pace and British Telecom, to secure it under its control."

A later report, BBC, "Saving Bletchley for the Nation: From Code-breaking to Science Park," 2 Jun. 1999, adds that the Bletchley Park Trust "is being understandably coy over what it terms as a 'sensitive stage' in the proposed transaction, but it promises an announcement next week."

Smith, Michael. "Bletchley Park Saved after Eight-Year Battle." Telegraph (London), 21 Jun. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Bletchley Park was officially saved from development on 19 June 1999 when the Government and the Bletchley Park Trust agreed to a deal. "The house and some land around it are to be handed over" to the Trust.

Randall, Colin. "A Tale of Intrigue, Death Threats and Sacking at Code-Crackers' Museum." Telegraph (London), 16 Oct. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Christine Large has been dismissed as director of the trust that runs Bletchley Park. "Prominent in the move to oust Mrs Large was Tony Sale, a former MI5 officer, who was removed as museums director at Bletchley Park some months ago. Mr Sale, the brains behind the rebuilding at Bletchley of Colossus,... said the majority felt 'driven to drastic action'.... Mr Sale said long-serving trustees felt that 'the commercial side is beginning to squeeze out the heritage.'"

Brooks, Richard. "Death Threats Hit Enigma Museum." Sunday Times (London), 10 Oct. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

"An investigation has been launched after the newly appointed chief executive [of the Bletchley Park historic site, Christine Large,] received death threats following clashes over the future of the museum.... Large has recently had two telephone death threats at her home in London. The second call was recorded on tape and has been handed over to the Metropolitan police."

Urquhart, Colin. "Enigma Machine Stolen From Bletchley Park." Times (London), 3 Apr. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

One of the original Enigma machines has been stolen from the Bletchley Park museum. "The stolen Enigma was a special model used by elite SS units, smaller and more elegantly engineered than others; it is believed there are only two more in the world." See also, Michael Smith, "Enigma Code Machine Stolen in Bletchley Raid," Telegraph (London), 3 Apr. 2000; and Kate Watson-Smyth, "Enigma, Coding Machine that Cost Germans the War, Is Stolen," The Independent, 3 Apr. 2000.

Laville, Sandra. "Man Held in Riddle of Missing Enigma." Telegraph (London), 18 Nov. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Police said on 17 November 2000 that a man "was being held in custody" in connection with the theft of the German wartime Enigma cipher machine. The machine itself was recovered in October when it was mailed to Jeremy Paxman, the presenter of BBC2's Newsnight.

Gray, Melissa. "Facelift for Neglected WWII Code-Cracking HQ." CNN, 25 Mar. 2010. [http://www.cnn.com]

The British government announced on 25 March 2010 that "it is giving £250,000 ($372,000) to help carry out badly-needed repairs" at Bletchley Park. Simon Greenish, chief executive and director of the Bletchley Park Trust, said that "[t]he money will be used to do basic repairs on roads, parking lots, roofs, drains, and fencing."


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