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Bombe Rebuild Update

Fri, 20 Apr 2018
An update from Bletchley Park Trust

The Turing Welchman Bombe Rebuild machine will be on show in Block B at Bletchley Park until Sunday 29 April. Following this date it will be relocated to The National Museum of Computing nearby.

To learn about the development of the Bombe machines at Bletchley Park visit our new permanent exhibition The Bombe Breakthrough located in Hut 11A. This comprehensive exhibition tells the story of the Enigma challenge, in an original setting for the first time, and how the Bombe machines were designed to meet this challenge. It will also include a working Bombe machine model to help visitors understand how they worked.

Please see following the statement which gives background information to the planned move by the Turing Welchman Bombe Rebuild Trust:

For a number of years the Bletchley Park Trust (BPT) has been in discussion with the Turing Welchman Bombe Rebuild Trust (TWBRT) over their permanent location on site. Part of the Bletchley Park Trust’s remit is to restore the site so the buildings are true to their use during World War Two. It was intended that the Bombe Rebuild should be located in Hut 11A, an original building that the Bombe machines were housed in during the war, enabling visitors to see it operating within an accurate historical context.

Talks over the years have not led to a mutually satisfactory agreement between the two trusts and TWBRT have decided to relocate their exhibits to The National Museum of Computing. BPT fully respects this decision and is in discussion with TWBRT to ensure a smooth transition to their new home.

Rebecca Foy, Director of Public Engagement Bletchley Park Trust & John Harper, Trustee of Turing Welchman Bombe Rebuild Trust