Media Coverage and the Growth in Visitor Numbers
The incredible story of the wartime achievements of Bletchley Park has attracted much media attention in recent years beginning with the film Enigma, based on the book by Robert Harris, in 2001 and the Channel 4 documentary Station X. Amongst being featured in many other documentaries Bletchley Park was the location for two episodes of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in 2009, BBC’s Codebreakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes in 2011 and was the scene-setter for the ITV1 drama, The Bletchley Circle in 2012. Together with all of this Bletchley Park has featured in the news with high-profile visitors such as TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2008, HM The Queen in 2011, to dedicate a Public Memorial to the veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, and the Foreign Secretary in 2012. Other news highlights have been the announcement that the surviving veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations were to receive Commemorative Badges from the Government in 2009 and the award of a £5 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2012.
All of this extraordinary publicity has resulted in numbers of paying museum visitors increasing from 40,000 in 2006 to 150,000 in 2012 enabling it to become the vibrant and popular heritage attraction it is today with exciting plans for the future.
Image: ITV1 drama The Bletchley Circle