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Facebook donates £1 million to help save UK’s WWII code-breaking center Bletchley Park

The Verge Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Facebook donates £1 million to help save UK’s WWII code-breaking center Bletchley ParkA former Bletchley Park employee, Jean Valentine, handles part of the Turing Bombe — an electromechanical computer used to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma code during WWII. | Photo by Rui Vieira / PA Images via Getty Images

Facebook is donating £1 million ($1.3 million) to Bletchley Park, the UK center for Allied code-breaking during World War II that now operates as a museum.

The Bletchley Park Trust, a registered charity, announced in August that the site was facing a revenue shortfall of £2 million because of falling visitor numbers caused by the coronavirus. Because of the drop in revenue (amounting to 95 percent of annual income), the park announced it was considering 35 redundancies, constituting a third of its workforce. Facebook’s donation will save some of these jobs, but it’s not clear how many.

"Bletchley Park was home to the world’s first programmable digital computer"

Facebook said it made the donation in recognition of Bletchley Park’s “ongoing...
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