PGP and others team up to renovate Bletchley Park


9 Responses to “PGP and others team up to renovate Bletchley Park”

  1. mdh says:

    I expect they’ll do a pretty good job of protecting the data center.

  2. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    Link to PGP’s Web Site for Donations

    A Donate button on this page leads to the PayPay site. Donations are in the name of CodesAndCiphersHeritageTrust

    From the Site: The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park needs our donations to continue providing public access to Colossus and other exhibits. The Museum receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of people like you. Donations of £50 or more receive a limited edition t-shirt.

  3. nic says:

    I met a woman who was a WREN at Bletchley Park during the War. The ‘emphasis’ on secrecy was so strong that she had powerful nightmares and insomnia well into the 1970s. Her central fear was that she would talk in her sleep and reveal her part in such a high level secret project. Family holidays in a beach house were traumatic, due to frequent guests and open plan sleeping arrangements.

    The Cold War and the Rosenbergs only heightened the fear that she would basically get black bagged and disappear.

    She underwent pointless therapy for her anxieties (the true cause of which could not be explored) and only told her husband and family what was going on several years after books and documentaries on Ultra started to appear in the mid 80s.

    We will never know the half of the social history of Bletchley Park.

  4. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    Please allow me to correct my last post. The site the Donate button is linked to is PayPal, not PayPay.

  5. Beanolini says:

    The IBM/PGP donation is a stingy £57000! The British Computer Society donated more than that!

  6. Thinkerer says:

    If there were ever a chance for indolent internet gazillionaires to pay it back a little (and maybe get some recognition amongst the uber-geekery), this would be it. Where are Microsoft, Paypal et al. (are you out there, Bruce Schneier & BT?)who depend on encryption for their daily bread?

  7. Beanolini says:

    #3, Thinkerer:

    As for Microsoft, Bletchley Park has already been turned down by the Gates Foundation on the grounds that it is “not relevant to internet technology”.

    UK readers may like to sign this petition on the Government’s official petitions website.

  8. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    I’m in for £50. When I retired from the US Army in 2001, I was the last trained/schooled US Army Cryptanalyst in the service. We all owe a debt to the brave men and women who worked in “Breaking the Code” and helped shorten WWII.

    boingboing HOWTO become an Army cryptanalyst at home

  9. Bloo says:

    How about updating this post to contain a link to an online donation site?

    Make sure, of course, that it uses SSL :-)

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