Bletchley Park Trust today welcomed Gordon Brown’s apology for the treatment of Bletchley Park Codebreaker, Alan Turing.
Released : Sep 11, 2009
After the unequivocal apology to Alan Turing by the government, Bletchley Park Trust urges the nation to support its preservation as a permanent tribute to the legacy of Turing and the thousands who worked there.
The work done by Turing and the codebreakers at Bletchley Park was utterly fundamental to the allied victory and freedom in the west. The contribution of Alan Turing himself cannot be exaggerated – he illuminated the whole of the cryptographic work undertaken here at Bletchley Park and stands alongside Churchill as one of our great Britons.
Turing was very well-liked but an incredibly shy and eccentric man. At his trial two of his fellow codebreakers stood alongside him in support – Max Newman and Hugh Alexander.
Simon Greenish, Director of the Bletchley Park Trust said, “The government apology is a landmark in recognizing the contribution of Turing and Bletchley Park to the way we all live today. It is important that, as a nation, we celebrate the achievements of Turing and his fellow codebreakers and ensure that Bletchley Park is preserved as a permanent tribute to their legacy”.
See the Government apology here - http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20571