5 Oct 2011

Wartime codebreaking HQ to get makeover

7:46 pm on 5 October 2011

The home of World War II codebreakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, England, is getting a major makeover.

Britain's Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant of $9.3 million that will enable the restoration of key codebreaking huts and create, hopefully, a world-class visitor centre.

The fund says new exhibitions and interactive displays will bring Bletchley's story alive.

Bletchley Park was the wartime home of the Government Code and Cypher School, which broke the Nazis' Enigma code and helped to swing the war in the Allies' favour.

Lottery fund chief executive Carole Souter says she cannot think of a better use of fund money than to "support this project and, in so doing, honour the memory of all who were involved".