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Turing Papers Saved

After a herculean effort by those passionate about Britain’s key role in the development of the digital age, I am delighted to report that a set of Turing’s academic papers (see previous posts) have been secured by Bletchley Park Trust. The gap left by the missing £200,000 needed to meet the seller’s reserve price has been plugged by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. So, rather than go to a private collector, the papers will go on display at Bletchley Park for all the nation to enjoy.

The papers went up for auction last year but failed to meet their reserve price, despite a frantic fundraising effort by IT journalist and writer Gareth Halfacree and tireless support from Dr Sue Black, a long-time supporter of the Park. An 11th-hour reprieve came when Google offered to match the £23,000 raised, but this was still sadly a long way short of the total. Since then, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to secure the papers before they vanished forever.

It’s a great day for Bletchley Park as it works to consolidate itself as the ‘birthplace of the modern world’. Well done to all those who’ve worked so hard to make this happen.

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