[SIGCIS-Members] Bombe Crowdfunder raises £60,000

Brian Randell brian.randell at newcastle.ac.uk
Wed Mar 14 03:38:01 PDT 2018


From a TNMOC Press release:

Turing-Welchman Bombe to stay on the Bletchley Park Estate

TNMOC Crowdfunder raises £60,000 donated by 500 supporters in four weeks

Following its hugely successful Crowdfunder, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on the Bletchley Park Estate has started planning a new gallery for the working reconstruction of the Turing-Welchman Bombe. Over four weeks, more than 500 supporters generously donated £60,000, £10,000 above the ambitious target set at the beginning of the campaign. Donations are still coming in.

Commissioning the creation for the new Bombe Gallery is now underway. Planned to open this summer, the gallery will be located close to the existing world-famous Colossus Gallery. Together these two displays will explore the ingenuity and inventiveness of the Second World War codebreakers -- and the beginnings of our digital world.

The Turing-Welchman Bombe accelerated the breaking of Enigma-enciphered messages revealing enemy operations. Colossus, created by a team led by Tommy Flowers, sped up the deciphering of Lorenz strategic messages of Hitler and his German High Command.

Andrew Herbert, chair of trustees at The National Museum of Computing, said: “The generosity of the Crowdfunder donors has astonished us. As an organisation that is reliant solely on sales and voluntary donations for income, we initially thought that the £50,000 target, although necessary, might be too ambitious. We continue to receive off-Crowdfunder donations, but we already know that we have exceeded our target by £10,000.


Full story at http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/bombe-crowdfunder-raises-£60000<http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/bombe-crowdfunder-raises-%C2%A360000>


Brian Randell


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