NMK Podcast - Episode Nine - Twittering Bletchley Park
Dr Sue Black of the University of Westminster has been using social networking, specifically Twitter, to raise awareness of the plight of Bletchley Park, including a big boost from the author and actor Stephen Fry. She spoke to NMK about how she’s hoping to help preserve this important piece of British – and computing – history.
Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes in southern England holds a special place in the history of computing. It’s here that code breakers cracked the infamous Enigma code during World War II, a feat US President Eisenhower credited with shortening the war by two years, potentially saving 22 million lives in the process. Also, the first programmable computer – Colossus – was developed here. The grounds at Bletchley Park now include a museum and conferencing facilities, but the site has struggled to raise sufficient funds to keep going.
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