How you can help
Bletchley Park is proud to be an independent charity and we depend on supporters like you
Why we need your support now
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bletchley Park closed on 19 March, reopening on 4 July 2020. This resulted in the loss of over 95% of our income during this time. 94 of 118 staff were furloughed, and all discretionary spend was stopped and as much of our committed expenditure as possible deferred. Since reopening, visitor numbers have grown slowly, but are significantly below (c.50% on 2019) previous years and, due to social distancing and the understandable caution of some visitors, remain unlikely to increase for some time. The loss of income will mean we are anticipating a £2m deficit this year. In the short-term, we have used reserves we had amassed for specific capital projects, exhibition programmes and maintenance needs to support the Trust’s day-to-day expenditure during this time.
However, this will not be enough as we go into 2021/22 if visitor numbers remain low. The Trust is, therefore, consulting on an organisational restructure with the aim of a 33% reduction in staff to reduce costs. We have also paused certain activities and slowed our development in certain areas to take us through the next two years. This will put us in the best financial position while welcoming reduced numbers of visitors on site during this ongoing period of uncertainty.
Over recent years we have driven awareness of the Bletchley Park story and maximised the growth in visitors, resulting in over 280,000 visitors and over 47,000 participants in the learning programmes in 2019 alone. Prior to the pandemic, our business strategy would have ensured our long-term survival, but the current crisis has dramatically impacted our plans.
Your support now is more crucial than ever. We estimate support of £2m would enable us to minimise the impact of our planned restructure, allowing us to invest in key activities to ensure our continued development and growth now. Every penny you can give will help us safeguard and complete the restoration of this remarkable site. Your help will continue the work of Bletchley Park Trust to reflect the outstanding achievements of the Codebreakers – whose work had such an impact on the modern world.
For further information please contact Livvy Brinson, Director of Development [email protected]