Bletchley Park Capital Partners and its associates have donated £100,000 to The National Museum of Computing, providing a warchest that will help it develop the operation.
The resources will go some way to securing the independence and continued running of the site, which ranks amongst the top three dedicated computer museums in the world, and is home to the war-time Colossus machines.
As well as the WW2 machine, the exhibits at the museum include the WITCH-Harwell computer of the 1950s, mainframes of the 1960s, the NPL Gallery on the Technology of the Internet, plus hands-on micros from the 1970s and 1980s and a retro-programming classroom.
Jon Fell, a director and trustee of TNMOC said: “This very generous donation from Bletchley Park Capital Partners (BPCP) and its associates is our largest-ever consortium donation and is fantastic news for the Museum. The Foundation Sponsorship programme that we launched earlier this year is now bearing fruit and we hope that more companies will want to contribute to the invaluable educational and heritage resource that we wish to expand.”
Tim Reynolds, Chairman of Bletchley Park Capital Partners said: “As neighbours of TNMOC on Bletchley Park, we have watched the development of the computing museum with great interest and admiration. We are amazed at how much they have been able to achieve considering that they have received no Government or Lottery funding and pay rent for its premises on Bletchley Park.
“The existence of the computer museum on this historic site alongside some great new innovative technology companies is an inspiration. We believe that TNMOC has lots more potential to be released by further funding and would encourage other companies to join us in our support of this tremendous educational and cultural resource. We have committed to provide further financial support on top of this donation. Further news will follow. These are exciting times for TNMOC.”