(Above) The Mansion House at Bletchley Park. Courtesy Bletchley Park Trust
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced a £250,000 Department for Culture, Media and Sport grant towards urgent repairs at World War Two code-breaking centre Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.
The money will be spent on vital repairs to the damaged roofs of the iconic huts and potholes in the access roads and car parks.
"The work carried out at Bletchley Park had a huge impact on the course of the war, and the museum does a brilliant job in bringing this alive for people of all ages," said Bradshaw.
"Having doubled its visitor numbers over the past three years, it urgently needs funds to keep it in good condition. I am delighted to announce this grant, which will help renovate the buildings and ensure that future visitors enjoy a really high quality experience when they come here."
Simon Greenish, Director of the Bletchley Park Trust with Hut 6 – German Army and Airforce Codebreaking Hut. Courtesy Bletchley Park Trust
The good news follows last October's first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling organisers at Bletchley to draw up detailed plans for restoration. These will be submitted in mid-2011 with the aim of securing £4.1 million to regenerate the site.
"This enormously-appreciated funding boost will not only enable vital repair and maintenance for the benefit of our rapidly growing number of visitors, but it also represents endorsement by the DCMS that Bletchley Park is a place of national importance," said Bletchley Director Simon Greenish.